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Babies experiencing withdrawal receive specialized care


As hospitals nationwide see more babies born dependent on substances such as opioids, Tucson Medical Center has been rethinking how best to serve those littlest patients. Tucson Medical Center’s newborn intensive care unit treated 27 babies in April. Of those, 11 were born addicted to drugs and diagnosed as having neonatal abstinence syndrome. The syndrome can also affect babies who…

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NICU Aftercare - What happens after you leave the NICU? Pediatric therapies for NICU graduates often a critical component of care

When baby leaves the NICU – A NICU After Care Program


The 12 month old who wasn’t eating solid foods. The 18 month old who wasn’t walking and didn’t know how to play with toys. The 2½ year old who wasn’t talking. The 3 year old who couldn’t follow directions.   Toddlers and young children like this were filling up TMC Pediatric Outpatient Therapist Brenda Abbey’s schedule. Something with their development…

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Preemie in Good Hands as Father's Day Nears


If you cup your hands together and look down, that’s the size Boston Zacharias Romero was when he was born at Tucson Medical Center in mid-February at 27 weeks. He weighed one pound, 7 ounces. It was a frightening time for the Romero family, especially since little Boston’s lungs collapsed two times. “We were all very scared and worried,” recalled…

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How we support breastfeeding in the NICU

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We know that breast milk offers more than formula can and yet for preemies, getting that powerful source of nutrients can be very difficult. The TMC International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are here to help. (Thanks to Melissa for sharing her experience breastfeeding a premature baby and to Jenifer Smith and Vanessa Porter, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants at TMC…

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