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Swimming in the NICU

The moment your child is admitted to the NICU, your life changes. Below, Megan explains how she stayed afloat in the NICU and shares some tips for other families who aren’t sure who or how to ask for help. *** The birth of our youngest son on June 20, 2014, marked the beginning of a 3-month stay at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Although a prenatal diagnosis meant we were expecting a stay in the NICU, … Read More

Preventing window falls: Tips to keep kids safe

Pediatricians often think of springtime as the beginning of “falling season.” Every year, 3,300 children younger than 6 fall from windows, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. Approximately eight of these falls will result in death. In support of National Window Safety Week — April 3 to 9 — the Tom Sargent Safety Center at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is sharing tips to prevent window falls: Install it. Screens are not strong enough to … Read More

After baby: Supporting new moms when days are full of tears

This piece originally appeared on the KinderCare blog. It’s shared here with their permission.  Most parents will name the day their baby arrived in the world as one of their very best days of their lives. But what if mom doesn’t feel overwhelmed with joy? What if she finds herself crying a few times a day? What if she just can’t find the energy to get out of bed? And what if all of this makes her feel she’s … Read More

Give birth to hope by donating cord blood

Every minute a hero is born with the potential to save a life. The Oregon Cord Blood Program works to save the lives of thousands of critically ill patients with blood diseases like leukemia and lymphoma who are in urgent need of a life-saving transplant. Umbilical cord blood, which is typically discarded, is rich with the blood-forming cells that can give blood cancer patients hope for a cure. Donating your baby’s cord blood to a … Read More

2015 in review: It’s all about the patients

Social media is great for connecting families, patients, employees, donors and community members with one another and with the hospital as a whole. We love sharing Doernbecher stories and news to help foster a sense of community and provide a space where folks can support one another, get advice from experts and learn how they can give back. Below you’ll find this year’s most-read blog posts. Happy reading!   1. Meet Hope, Doernbecher’s hospital facility dog  Our … Read More

Merry Heart: a camp with its own beat

Tim LaBarge serves on the board of Merry Heart Children’s Camp. He’s also a photographer in Portland. Below, he shares some special moments and memories from Merry Heart Children’s Camp. *** Twenty-five children sat on log benches high above the Bull Run River and Mount Hood, towering in the distance, turned a shade of orange and then pink as the sun began to set. But hardly anyone noticed. All eyes were on cardiac surgeon Dr. … Read More

Getting home safely

After finishing up clinic on a Monday evening at about 5:30, I headed over to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription. As I passed through the drop-off circle on the way to the Physician’s Pavilion, I noted a new family wrestling with their car safety seat – the father pulling straps while the mother sat in the back with their newborn. I could see the frustration on both of their faces, exhausted from the … Read More

A letter from one ‘well child’ to another

A few weeks ago, pediatric resident Dr. Antwon Chavis wrote a blog post called “11 things your ‘well child’ wants you to know.” This week, he’s back with a letter for all the other ‘well children’ out there.  Hey there, My name is Antwon. I heard you’re the sibling to a child with special needs, like I am. I wanted to write you a letter explaining why I think you’re amazing, and how lucky I … Read More

Lizzy’s Doernbecher story

When 10-year-old Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designer Lizzy Olivan came down with a fever last summer, her mom Beatriz knew something wasn’t right. We sat down to learn more about Lizzy (now 11) and her battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). *** Can you tell us more about Lizzy’s diagnosis? Last August, she came down with a fever. I gave her some Tylenol and kept a close eye on her. After four days, I took her to … Read More

11 things your ‘well child’ wants you to know

Growing up with an autistic brother had its fair share of rises and falls. But the impact he has made on my character, virtues and spirit continues to surprise me every day. When I was around 12, I was traveling with my brother on a plane between my mother and father’s house. We happened to sit next to a very talkative woman. This woman, however, didn’t talk much about herself. In fact, I did most … Read More

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