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First-of-its-kind Islamic fatwa issued encouraging the use of pasteurized donor breast milk for Muslim babies in the hospital 

On Nov. 16, the Minnesota Islamic Council issued a fatwa, or a religious clarification, encouraging the use of pasteurized donor human milk for babies, particularly preterm, low birth and ill babies, when a mother’s milk is not available. The ruling comes after extensive discussions between Islamic scholars, Muslim leaders in the Twin Cities and experts from Children’s Minnesota, M Health Fairview, the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies and the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition.

Twins Madison and Peyton born with same heart condition now reaching milestones after procedure

The twins were born three months premature with their patent ductus arteriosus’ (PDA) still open. The Kid Experts at Children’s Minnesota developed a standard guideline and protocol for preterm babies requiring transcatheter closure of their PDA, meaning Madison and Peyton were in the best hands possible.

Andy Rowe, neonatal transport coordinator, receives Caregiver of the Year award from MHA

As coordinator of neonatal transport services, Andy leads the team responsible for the safe transfer of approximately 500 newborns annually to the pediatric health system’s neonatal intensive care units (NICU).

Thirteen surgeries in 13 months was just the beginning: Carter’s journey with hydrocephalus

Just one day after Carter entered the world, his care team performed what would be the first of 13 surgeries during the first 13 months of his young life. One operation was the first of its kind in the state of Minnesota.

Diagnosing kids using family medical history or genetic testing, or both

In a Talking Pediatrics Crack the Case episode about family medical history and genetic testing, Dinel Pond, lead genetic counselor at Children’s Minnesota, discuss three cases that presented in the Minneapolis clinic, getting a comprehensive and useful family history, and tips to navigate (and explain) genetic testing with families.

Intensive Care Follow-up Clinic expands to include cardiovascular care

Our Intensive Care Follow-up Clinic is expanding its service offerings to include more patients beyond neonatal intensive care. Cardiovascular care is one of the new services families can expect to be offered at the clinic.

Baby Aria: Surviving a rare combination of fetal cardiovascular and pulmonary diagnoses

Baby Aria's parents learned their unborn child had a rare combination of medical diagnoses which she overcame with the help of a multi-disciplinary care team at Children's Minnesota and the Midwest Fetal Care Center.

Ezra’s story: Children’s Minnesota’s free breast pump loaner program supports premature baby’s ability to thrive

Baby Ezra's mom, Nancy, reflects on how a new program at Children’s Minnesota helped her provide nutritious breast milk to her growing baby.

Breathing easier: The Kid Experts at Children’s Minnesota identify and fix rare congenital defect of newborn’s esophagus

Baby Murphy had a rare birth defect where his esophagus did not develop normally. Children’s Minnesota is one of only two places in the Twin Cities metro area with the multidisciplinary team and specialized resources to treat his condition surgically.

Children’s Minnesota videos receive industry awards

Several videos produced by Children’s Minnesota have won industry awards from the Viddy Awards, Communicator Awards, and Telly Awards.