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Bridging to Home

One of the things I learned when I expanded my research is that there’s a whole faction of children’s health that I barely knew about. I would venture to guess that most people know that there are nursing homes and assisted living, as well as rehabilitation hospitals – but we typically think of old people…

The More Things Change…

My sincerest hope is that the more things stay the same. It’s been a while since I’ve been here, it was a long and tiring semester for me, I overbooked myself constantly and was at the hospital all the darn time. I’m back in action now and I’m going to do my best to keep…

Behind the NICU Doors!

It’s hard to put into words what I saw and what I felt as I completed an observership in the NICU at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Over the past month, I spent four days following around one of the extraordinary neonatal nurse practitioners in the very same unit where it all started for me.…

Mother-Baby Hospital Database!!!

Yep! You read correctly! I made a database of every hospital in the United States as characterized by their obstetric and neonatal care capabilities! It started in June of 2020, when COVID-19 was at a pretty extreme point and life in quarantine was so heavy on my soul. I decided to double check my data…

Guest Post: An Interview with Me Two Books

This week we have a very special guest on the blog, Ali Dunn, founder of Me Two Books! I’m so excited for her to share her perspective as a NICU mom, writer, speaker, and advocate with you! I encourage you to connect more with her on her blog, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! Ali, tell us…

Moving NICU Babies!

If you’ve taken a look at the For the Littlest NICU database (shoutout to our last post here on the blog!) then you might have noted a little bit of a trend: 814 seems like a lot on paper, but on a map, man they sure are far apart! If you’re like me, it was…

Where is My NICU?

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here: we’re publishing a national NICU database!!! The mission of For the Littlest is to bring awareness, empower parents, and encourage students, and in keeping with that tradition, I want you guys to know your local NICU! Over the past 14 months, I’ve worked on this database…

Active NICU Awareness!

September is NICU awareness month! Hooray!! NICU awareness month is a chance for survivors to be celebrated, workers to be appreciated, and people to be educated. In the spirit of the season, (kind of?) let’s talk about what active NICU awareness looks like. NICU awareness means supporting NICU families! So many of us are good…

Well, What is a NICU?

When I tell people I’m a nursing student, they almost inevitably ask about what kind of nursing I’m interested in, and to be truthful, I love that question. Telling people that I want to be a NICU nurse often goes one of two ways: me teaching them what a NICU is, or me being told…

The For the Littlest Story

For the Littlest began a long time ago, on September 23, 2011, when a baby girl was born in a furious rush – five weeks early. She was over five pounds, her heart was beating – but when they pulled her out, she didn’t cry. The silence in the room must have been deafening, but…


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