Burnout in Healthcare Professionals

BURNOUT feels like hell! You care about neither your work nor your patients. You no longer think you are making a difference. You dread going in for your shift & you feel disconnected from your peers. I know how burnout feels because I’ve been there. After 30 years of practicing neonatology I found myself completely…

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45% of moms on Instagram practice co-sleeping.⠀

In national polls, 25% of US mothers admit to bed sharing (or co-sleeping) with their baby. Do you know how to do this safely? What defines a safe sleep environment for bedsharing/co-sleeping: Always place babies in the supine position for sleep. Use a firm, flat surface, preferably a mattress on the floor. Avoid waterbeds, couches,…

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Helping parents navigate the NICU

Tips for parents who must prepare for a NICU journey Expect to be afraid, worried & guilty. Shock & fear are normal. Doubts are normal, so is guilt. But, it’s not your fault! Anticipate feelings of helplessness. It’s the worst kind of helplessness you will ever feel, leaving the hospital without your baby after delivery….

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Supporting a friend who is a NICU mom

Ways to offer support for your friend who has a baby in the NICU. Grocery shop for her and prepare some meals for the week. Do Laundry for her – wash, dry and fold clothes. Offer to babysit other kids while she is at hospital several days a week. Offer to Babysit one evening each…

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Empowering Advice: Practical Tips for Working Moms

Updated as of Feb 2024 Practical Advice for Working Moms to Balance Career and Motherhood Being a working mother is a juggling act that often requires careful consideration and strategic planning. Rarely does it feel truly balanced. The journey of a working mom is filled with many challenges, from finding fulfillment in your career to…

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Care for Your Late Preterm Baby at Home

CARE OF YOUR LATE PRETERM BABY AT HOME Once your baby is discharged to home, you will be advised to keep a recorded log of feedings at home, with specific attention to frequency & approximate duration of feeding at the breast, & method & type (expressed breast milk, infant formula) of supplementation. It is helpful…

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Late Preterm Babies – A Guide for Parents

DEFINITIONS & CAUSES Late preterm babies are born between 34 0/7 weeks to 36 6/7 weeks gestation. ​ Near term babies are born between 37 0/7 to 38 6/7 weeks gestation. Full term gestation is 39 0/7 weeks and above.  ​ Causes of late preterm birth include increased use assisted reproductive technologies  ̶  IUI (intrauterine…

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Explaining the Biology of Happiness

On a chemical level, our happiness basically stems from levels of four hormones (or neurotransmitters): 1) dopamine, 2) serotonin, 3) endorphin, & 4) oxytocin. Each plays a unique role in making us feel good. Dopamine drives reward-seeking behavior in our brains. If you eat something delicious or have an orgasm, & your brain releases some…

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Benefits of Music Education for Children

Learning how to play an instrument involves improving hand-to-eye coordination, ear-to-hand coordination, & the fine motor skills needed to hold a bow or play the keys. Playing a musical instrument enhances both dexterity & hand-eye coordination. When playing an instrument, a musician must be able to create the correct notes through the proper hand motions….

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Social Media Use and Postpartum Depression

Social Media Use (SMU) has been associated with increased depression in young adults. Several recent studies have correlated SMU linearly with two times greater odds of depression. Compared with those in the lowest quartile, individuals in the highest quartile of SMU site visits per week and those with a higher media frequency scores had significantly…

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