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UK Children’s Hospital nurses utilize ‘Kangaroo Care’ to protect bond between mother, new born

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward With her tiny body too vulnerable to withstand the world outside her mother’s womb, infant Emma Lewis continued to grow and develop inside an incubator during the first four days of her life. But the life-preserving incubator at Kentucky Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) also separated Emma from her mother’s nurturing touch, which...

Celebrating Myles: ‘Angelversary’ of infant’s passing brings family, caregivers together

The Buckingham family recently donated a piece of artwork from Cricket Press representing their family. (Photo from UKNow)   By Elizabeth Adams and Allison Perry Special to KyForward   On the morning of Feb. 4 at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, nurses guided incubators carrying fragile newborns down the center hallway of the neonatal intensive care unit. At the end of the hallway, the...

A year after rough start, obstetrician’s baby makes birthday visit to UK HealthCare NICU

  Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing   By Allison Perry and Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   Doctors and nurses flocked from every corner of Kentucky Children’s Hospital to give 1-year-old Connor Thompson birthday squeezes and kisses.   They noticed two tiny bottom teeth that would come in handy later that day for eating birthday cake. They called him handsome...

Hospital staff helping spread word that safe sleep practices can prevent infant suffocation

Nurses at Kentucky Children’s Hospital demonstrate safe sleeping practices. (Photo from UKNow)   By Kristi Lopez Special to KyForward   It is one of the most devastating events that can happen to a family, and in Kentucky it happens at a rate nearly double the rest of the United States. Suffocation is the leading injury-related cause of death in infants in Kentucky but it can be prevented...