Stories about: premature twins

Wendy and Abby: Learning how to eat after premature birth

Abby and Wendy, who were born premature: Abby smiles with a piece of cheese in her hand. Wendy sits on the floor.
Abby (left) develops a taste for cheese. Wendy (right) contemplates crawling.
[PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ELLIOTT FAMILY]

The evening Tiffany and Richard Elliott’s twins were born, a group of clinicians sat down to tell them their babies might not make it. Born at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in October 2017, the newborns were almost three months premature. Each weighed less than 2 pounds and had not developed in critical ways. In the best-case scenario, Wendy, who was born first, and Abby, born four minutes later, would not breathe on their own at least until their original due date in January.

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After the NICU: How to become an outpatient visit guru

  • Twins side-by-side in the NICU
    Drew and Emma, 2008

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Boston Children’s Hospital is unlike any other place. In the NICU, a team of top-notch providers cares for your child around-the-clock. Once home, you must quickly adapt to caring for your fragile baby on your own, which includes navigating the world of outpatient visits.

Our twins, Drew and Emma, were born nine weeks early. After a long stay at Boston Children’s NICU, my husband Jon and I began juggling multiple outpatient visits with Emma. Here are some tips and tricks we learned along the way.

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Health headlines: Deafness, IVF and the new flu vaccine

yawning boyOther stories we’ve been reading:

New York’s soda tax could bring in $222 million. [Read Children’s obesity expert’s take on artificially sweetened beverages.] Chronic health conditions are increasing in children. If your child’s grandparents are babysitting regularly, it’s more likely your kid will be overweight. Bone-anchored hearing aids help kids with single-side deafness.

The best way to keep your kids vaccinations up-to-date is to keep a shot card. [Read about the updated immunization schedule.] Rapid flu tests are most accurate for young children. The new seasonal flu vaccine will contain an H1N1 strain.

Teens might exercise more if they think it’s fun. Video games aren’t the cause for your teen’s headaches. Tired teens are more prone to car crashes. A lack of morning light can cause irregular sleep for teens. {Read how late bedtimes affect teens mental health.]

Preemie twins may face lower risks of certain complications versus single preemie babies. Does an adult’s health differ when they’re an IVF baby? Bilingualism may begin in the womb. The average birth weight in the United States in on the decline.

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