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Can Preemie Parents Have PTSD?

Can Preemie Parents Have PTSD?

Right off you may be asking yourself, "Why would she be writing about PTSD on a Preemie site?" We often hear about PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome) in regards to combat situations on the news. However, for families who have spent time in the NICU, they would say it was combat. They were there fighting day in and day out for their babies' survival! After I read several stories about parents' various NICU experiences, I realized that this is an issue that many preemie families are dealing with. 

First of all, many parents do not have a clue that they are going to experience the ride of the NICU! They are just beginning their pregnancy journey and the joy it brings. Perhaps they may have only recently found out if they are going to have a little boy or girl. The nursery plans are forming, and Mom is just trying to embrace the changes in her body. Life is getting exciting! The hope of the new life growing inside and the reality of a little one joining the family is building in anticipation. Then suddenly, a doctor's visit or an emergency event occurs and she finds herself in the hospital. Doctors are talking about c-section, placenta previa, placental abruption, incompetent cervix, and many other medical terms that one may have never heard before. One begins to ask and wonder, "Why me?" "What did I do wrong?" Along with many other questions all spinning around in one's head. Meanwhile, there are a million sounds, people, nurses, social workers, billing paperwork, lab techs coming in to poke the mom; who can't get out of bed, even to pee! Ugh – the world starts to spin out of control and your stuck right in the middle of it thinking, "What happened to that happy little world I was just reveling in?"
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Preemie Parent - It's Not Your Fault!

Preemie Parent - It's Not Your Fault!

Recently, I have read several posts on social media where Mom's are talking about feeling guilty about having a preemie. I read with compassion and tried to understand because I did not have a preemie. I have been blessed to have had three reasonably normal pregnancies. I did deal with gestational diabetes with the last one, but all I had to give up was sugar. That was not a bad thing! The 10 pounds I didn't gain with that pregnancy was a blessing in the end!  

From the minute we become pregnant, our "mother" instincts come to life, and we want nothing but the best for our babies! We start to worry about what we eat, what we drink, are we doing this right, or are we doing that wrong?!
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What Preemie Clothes Should I Buy?

What Preemie Clothes Should I Buy?

We are continuing our conversation from our last blog post...someone you know just had a great big surprise! An early arrival in the form of a sweet little preemie baby! We talked about some fun things you can do to support the parents with great ideas like coffee cards, snacks, dinners, and babysitting. You may be thinking about the baby and the fact that the baby shower you were planning was still two weeks down the road. So what about clothes for this little one now?
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What Can I do to Help?

What Can I do to Help?

Totally out of the Blue someone you know has been thrown into the world of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). You probably didn't even know a place even existed before this baby arrived sooner than expected. Many mothers have been blessed with pregnancy's that provided them with no complications or surprises except for the big question at the end "When will this baby get out of here!" Now someone we know and love is asking the opposite question "Why did this baby come early?"

The next question you are probably asking is "What can I do to Help?" and that is an excellent question. Here are a few suggestions that are not clothing related (that will be included in the next Blog post).

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Five Non-Profits to Help Preemie Parents

Five Non-Profits to Help Preemie Parents

As a Preemie parent, you certainly know the total uncertainty the whole experience can bring. So often a premature birth is not expected. Over the years I have read hundreds of stories of mother's who went into the Doctor's office to be told of a serious situation in regards to their pregnancy that required an immediate c-section or bedrest that resulted in delivering a premature baby. No matter how your little one decided to come early, it is a scary and difficult time for all involved. It is nice to know that there are organizations that have been formed over the years to help support preemie parents during this journey. Many of these non-profits started because of parents going through their own NICU journey and wanting to give back and help support other parents. We are highlighting five of these support groups on this blog post, there are many more, and we hope you can find some help with one of them.
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Carter's Preemie Clothes cause a

Carter's Preemie Clothes cause a "Happy Dance"

We are so happy to be able to offer you another Great Brand Carter’s! We have been happy to have the cute prints that Carter’s have been offering in their sleep n plays and bodysuits for servers years now. Just recently Carter’s launch a new size and small new styles to their offerings. The NICU sleep n play offers parents the option of open Velcro shoulders, plastic snap opening crotch.
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ONE reason to Google Preemie Clothes!

ONE reason to Google Preemie Clothes!

Celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Kenya Moore have recently brought to light the difficulty of finding Preemie clothes. Such a search is especially true for Preemie clothing sized under five pounds, made for the preemie still in the NICU with multiple medical attachments. They join the thousands of parents who have been on such a search for years, and this specific inquiry has birthed many online stores. That is how the Preemie Store launched over 30 years ago.
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Why Itty Bitty Baby Clothing is Irresistible!

Why Itty Bitty Baby Clothing is Irresistible!

Itty Bitty Baby Clothing Company designs, manufactures and markets a unique collection of quality baby clothing and accessories. Carol Spain and Richard Little have over twenty years experience in the design and manufacturing processes.
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Five Things to Say to a NICU Family

Five Things to Say to a NICU Family

We rarely know ahead of time that we will be having a premature baby. Commonly, premature birth occurs out of nowhere. You are excited and planning for a birth which you think is many days away. Preparing the nursery, buying clothing, looking forward to your baby shower and so many other things. Then all of a sudden you are in the hospital, dealing with unknown medical issues as well as a new teeny baby with all the NICU complications! This new NICU mother wrote this great article to help those who surround new preemie parents. With FIVE things to say to encourage new preemie parents. 
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Five Things that Make Bamboo So Great!

Five Things that Make Bamboo So Great!

Brands like KicKee Pants and Perfectly Preemie have boosted the offerings for bamboo preemie clothes. We have received inquiries from customers asking what all the hype is over Bamboo fabrics. I thought it was an excellent question and here is my attempt to shed some light on this beautiful fabric. Below I have listed five of my top reasons that contribute to why bamboo is so great. These are not listed in any particular order. However, I did put the softest on top for a reason! You will understand this if you have ever felt bamboo. It is just wonderfully soft. So why wouldn't a preemie agree and love having some of the softest fabric next to their skin? The only downside is that bamboo fabric is harder to find and costs more, but I am sure as time goes by there will be more fabric choices available in bamboo and items made with it will come down in price.

  • One of the softest fabrics on the planet - you'll love the way it feels
  • Antibacterial - keeps you odor free and feeling and smelling fresh
  • Powerfully insulating - keeps you cooler in summer and warmer in winter
  • Hypoallergenic - natural bamboo does not cause allergic reactions
  • Most eco-friendly fabric on the planet - help save your planet 
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