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Born with a tumor followed by a 76-day NICU stay, baby Jagger is now home and healthy

Mycaela Scalzo and Donovan Martin, parents of one with another on the way, were going to their 20-week ultrasound appointment with the typical feelings of anxiousness and excitement parents have. During this appointment, the baby’s size, organs and overall health are checked. But Mycaela and Donovan’s excitement soon turned to fear. During the check-up, an unknown mass was found on their baby’s face. The provider suspected it was oral teratoma – a noncancerous but still potentially dangerous tumor that could block the baby’s airway, create feeding issues and more.

Q&A with the creator of the S.T.A.B.L.E. program: the most widely taught neonatal education program

Kris Karlsen, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN, is a board-certified neonatal nurse practitioner who authored The S.T.A.B.L.E Program, the most widely distributed and implemented neonatal education program to focus exclusively on the post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants.

Helping baby Javier – and his family – breathe easier

Mindy Torres has dedicated three years to working at Children’s Minnesota. When Mindy was just 22.6 weeks pregnant, her water broke due to a pregnancy complication and her baby Javier was then born at just 24.3 weeks, which meant that he was nearly four months premature! Javier was immediately brought to the NICU where he spent 133 days slowly getting stronger and stronger every day.

Born with spina bifida: Odin is cared for by the experts at the Midwest Fetal Care Center

When Darby, and her husband Brad, went in for a routine check-up at their family care provider in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the doctors diagnosed baby Muller with spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when a section of the baby’s spinal column does not form properly and a gap appears.

Ridgeview and Children’s Minnesota expand neonatal services to offer intensive care to premature babies in Waconia

Children’s Minnesota announced the expansion of its neonatal service offerings at Ridgeview’s hospital campus in Waconia, which will now offer families an enhanced Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), caring for babies as young as 30 weeks gestational age.

National Neonatal Nurses Week 2021

In honor of Neonatal Nurses Week, September 13-19, 2021, we are highlighting Jill Bauer, registered nurse and health professional liaison for neonatal at Children’s Minnesota. Jill has been an RN for 40 years and has been a NICU nurse for 36 years.

Children’s Minnesota NICU at Mercy Hospital expands services to help high-risk mothers deliver closer to home

Families in the Twin Cities north metro now have access to 24/7 neonatal experts providing care for even more prematurely born infants.

Baby Jabari naps at home

Baby Jabari gets a second chance at life

Pregnancy is an exciting and anxious time for many. When Trina and Bak Bak found out they were expecting, they took it one day at a time and approached it with their usual easy-going demeanor, even in the midst of a pandemic.

Kangaroo care: A healing connection between mom and baby

In recognition of International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day, we’re celebrating families who use kangaroo care to help their babies grow big and strong. Heather and now 9-week-old Lucy know first-hand how beneficial it can be—especially when born premature.

Hulstein twins by the fireplace

Children’s Minnesota NICU in St. Paul helps families go home sooner: The Hulstein twins’ story

The Hulstein twins were born more than six weeks early and spent 13 days at the Children's Minnesota Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in St. Paul. They enrolled in a pilot program that allowed them to go home earlier with the full support of the specialists at Children’s Minnesota.