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Medical Mondays: Newborn Medicine

More than 1,800 babies every year need a little more medical attention after birth and are admitted to the Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Bringing a premature baby into the world can be scary, but UPMC has the expertise and experience to help you during this journey. Use this resource guide to learn more about newborn medicine, and then share the posts with family and friends.

Here is what you will learn:

  • Tips for a safe pregnancy.
  • What is amniocentesis?
  • What is a neonatal intensive care unit?
  • Benefits of having one of the nation’s leading NICUs close to home.
  • Signs and Symptoms of Possible Pregnancy Complications

    Whether you’re a first-time mom-to-be or if you’ve already have children, pregnancy can be an exciting and scary time. It places a large stress on your body and sometimes, there can be complications. Although they are often manageable, it’s not always easy to determine whether your symptoms are normal or a sign of something serious. Read more to discover common pregnancy complications and when you should contact your doctor. Read More
  • Specialized Care for Preterm Babies in NICUs

    Any delivery before 37 weeks is considered preterm, which presents an increased risk of complications for the baby. The baby’s lungs, digestive system, and other bodily systems aren’t fully formed yet, making it hard for it to survive on its own. If a baby is born prematurely, they are cared for in a specialized unit called a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Read more to discover the treatments offered at the NICU. Read More
  • Have a Safe Pregnancy by Looking After Your Health

    Keeping your body healthy is always important, but especially when you are pregnant. Your wellness affects the health of your little one and even your experience with pregnancy and your health after birth. Read more to discover what you can do to keep your baby healthy and happy during your pregnancy and the complications that can occur as a result of unhealthy lifestyle choices. Read More
  • What Is Mirror Syndrome?

    Although pregnancy is an exciting time, you may feel anxious about complications. Swelling and high blood pressure are somewhat common during pregnancy and can be difficult for the mother, but also a potential sign of a more serious condition called Mirror Syndrome. Read more to discover the causes, symptoms, and complications of Mirror Syndrome. Read More
  • What to Expect During Amniocentesis

    During your pregnancy, you naturally want to keep your baby as healthy and happy as possible. In order to ensure you and your baby are healthy, you will undergo many tests and evaluations. One such test is an amniocentesis. Read more to discover the facts about amniocentesis as well as how it may influence the remainder of your pregnancy. Read More
  • Infographic: Preterm Birth Risks and Complications

    While the preterm birth rate in 2012 was at a 15-year low, there is still much progress to be made. Because of the statistics and the life-threatening potential of premature labor, it is vital to understand the risks and complications. Check out our infographic to discover the facts about preterm birth. Read More
  • The Truth About Miscarriages

    According to national statistics, as many as one in five known pregnancies end in a miscarriage, defined as the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks. If you have experienced a miscarriage, you may be wondering if it was caused by something you did or didn’t do. Read more to discover the facts and myths about miscarriages. Read More