Category Archives: Birth & Maternity

The evolution of visiting the NICU

Time brings change. Health care is different than what it used to be decades ago. While we now have access to new technology and research to better our care methods, health care today also emphasizes family-centered, patient-focused care. Visiting standards at the OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are not […]

Immunizing Infants for Future Generations

Vaccinating your infant isn’t something you look forward to as a parent. It’s a perfect example of bittersweet. Bitter because – well, they’re shots. Sweet because they provide protection to your little one from 14 potentially life-threatening diseases: Poliomyelitis (Polio) Tetanus Influenza (Flu) Hepatitis B Hepatitis A Rubella Meningitis secondary to Haemophilus Influenzae Type B […]

Twins’ stay in NICU has lasting impact

For Keith and Addi Mercer, life is about what you’d expect with 9-year-old twin daughters and a 7-year-old son. “Our life is busy. They’re in sports, they’re in school activities. So it’s just the everyday life of normal people,” said Addi Mercer. “But you wouldn’t have known that nine years ago.” Nine years ago, Keith […]