The Mighty Blog features stories from around Children’s Minnesota, as well as health and wellness information for raising healthy kids.

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Children’s Minnesota Surgery and Specialty Center in Minnetonka expanding

Children's Minnesota is opening a new specialty center in Maple Grove to provide additional quality care to the northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities metro area. Learn more about the differences between our clinics in Maple Grove.

What does a well-balanced meal plan look like?

There is a lot of nutrition information and advice on how to feed your kids out there. But the most important takeaway is that families should be eating a wide variety of foods from different food groups to ensure healthy growth and development.

Heart warrior Colton battles rare heart condition with determination and laughter

Morgan and Clint never expected their journey to parenthood would include their son being diagnosed with a rare and complex congenital heart defect. But with determination and The Kid Experts®, their heart warrior Colton has fought through the many challenges he’s faced in his young life.

Celebrating Social Work Month 2024

To celebrate Social Work Month, we’re highlighting some of our own social workers at Children’s Minnesota: Sam Koktan, LGSW, overnight emergency department social worker, Daisy Dominguez, LGSW, emergency department social worker, and Rhea Sayotovich, LICSW, outpatient Children’s Heart Clinic and fetal echo social worker.

Celebrating Child Life Week with Haley Barta, child life specialist

In honor of Child Life Week, we are excited to highlight Haley Barta, MA, certified child life specialist at Children’s Minnesota, to learn more about her role and what inspired her to become a child life specialist.

Annabelle’s journey through a brain tumor diagnosis and surgery in first-of-its-kind neurosurgery suite

Annabelle’s story took a shocking turn after an MRI revealed a grape-size brain tumor. With the help of the Children’s Minnesota neurosurgery team, and a first-of-its-kind brain surgery suite, Annabelle is on the road to recovery.

Children’s Minnesota expands inclusive patient clothing with modest hospital gowns

To ensure inclusive and culturally-sensitive care for all pediatric patients, The Kid Experts® at Children’s Minnesota and Henna & Hijabs – a Minnesota-based and Black-, Muslim-, woman-led company – are joining together to embark on a new frontier: a new modest pediatric hospital gown.

Tips for introducing solid foods to a baby

Introducing solid foods to your baby is a big milestone. However, it is important to wait until your baby is ready and showing interest before introducing solid foods. Learn more about signs to look out for, what food to give to your child at different ages and common myths about introducing food to a baby.

Medical services, pharmacy claims and billing delays

Change Healthcare, a company that provides our claim and payment management software, reported a cybersecurity incident on Feb. 21, 2024. As a result, many pharmacies and hospitals, including Children’s Minnesota, have experienced impacts.

Zay undergoes fetal surgery to repair severe spina bifida before his birth

Zay’s family traveled more than 1,100 miles to undergo a delicate surgery to repair his severe spina bifida before his birth. Learn how his parents worked hard to put their baby on the road to recovery with a state-of-the-art fetal procedure.