babies

Health Care
1:11 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

W&I Researchers Find Single Family Rooms Better For NICU Babies

Dr. James Padbury, Women and Infants Hospital pediatrician-in-chief, says NICU patients do better - developmentally, medically - when they're cared for in single family rooms like this one.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A new study from Women and Infants Hospital researchers finds that newborn intensive care patients fare better in single family rooms than in the traditional open wards found in most NICUs. The hospital opened its new NICU five years ago. Now researchers believe they can answer why it’s better for babies.

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Health Care
5:30 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Her Newborn In Withdrawal, A Young Mother Faces Her Own Recovery

Baby Jonathan, 10 days old.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

More Rhode Island babies are being born dependent on the opioid drugs their pregnant mothers were taking. Their condition, called neonatal abstinence syndrome, sometimes requires hospital stays and powerful medications. In the second of our two-part series, the story of a newborn going through withdrawal and a young mother trying to make a new life for him in recovery. (You can listen to part one of our series here.)

Visiting baby Jonathan
“Where’s everybody headed?”

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Health Care
5:30 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Caring For Newborns In Withdrawal, Researchers Ask What's Best

These automatic rockers in the nursery at Women & Infants move side to side, like a mother's own gentle rocking.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

More Rhode Island babies are being born dependent on the opioid drugs (including OxyContin and heroin) their pregnant mothers were taking. Many of these babies need hospital stays and powerful medication to help them through the painful withdrawal. Now, researchers at Women & Infants Hospital are trying to pin down what treatments work best, and what the long-term impacts are. Part one of our two-part series on newborns in withdrawal.

A rough entry into the world

(Sound: subtle whirring of the nursery)

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Health Care
5:36 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

State Releases First Statistics On Babies Born Drug-Dependent In RI

The state’s health department says the number of babies born in Rhode Island to mothers dependent on opiates has nearly doubled in the past few years.

In 2012, it was 90 babies, more than double the number in 2005. So far, in the first quarter of this year, it’s 26 newborns.

This is the first time health department researchers have compiled statistics on babies diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a collection of symptoms that afflict babies in withdrawal from the drugs they were exposed to in the womb. 

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Health Care
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Women & Infants Sees Surge In Opioid-Addicted Newborns

These newborns are both being treated for withdrawal from opioids in a nursery at Women & Infants. They've been swaddled tightly to help them feel safe and calm, and these "swings" rock them gently from side to side.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The rising number of Rhode Islanders struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin has brought an increase in babies born addicted to these substances. And Women & Infants Hospital is treating a growing number of them.

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Health Care
4:28 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Researchers Find Brain Changes In Babies At Risk For Alzheimer's

Brown University researchers say they are close to determining whether or not a person will be at risk for Alzheimer's as early as infancy.
Credit RIPR FILE

Scientists have come a step closer to understanding when the signs of Alzheimer’s begin. Brown University researchers and their colleagues have found some of the earliest evidence yet.

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Health Care
3:22 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Women & Infants Labor Dispute Over Definition Of "Delivery"

A labor dispute at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence has erupted over the layoff of 16 staff members. The layoffs, and the dispute, turn on the definition of a single word: deliveries.

Members of the Service Employees International Union local 1199 are picketing outside Women and Infants over the hospital’s decision to cut several cleaning, lab, and clinical staff. Union spokesman Patrick Quinn says his members dispute the hospital’s claim that the number of deliveries – and therefore the need for as many staff – has dropped below 8500 over the past year.

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The Pulse
12:02 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

The Safer Way To Donate, Use Breast Milk

You may have heard about a new study to be published in the journal of the American Association of Pediatrics about finding high levels of harmful bacteria in breast milk bought from online sources. Here's USA Today's coverage of that study.

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Health Care
3:13 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Women & Infants Researcher Counters Critics of Premature Baby Study

Examining an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Naval Medical Center San Diego
Credit US Navy

Women and Infants Hospital is responding to allegations that a research study of premature babies in which it participated didn’t properly inform parents of the risks.

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Health Care
6:21 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

No more babies for Westerly hospital

The Westerly Sun reported earlier this month that the attorney in charge of Westerly Hospital since it entered receivership had declared the struggling hospital’s obstetric services safe. But the paper is now reporting that Westerly Hospital will deliver its last babies by this June. Deliveries at the community hospital have fallen over the years, and the hospital may not be able to sustain a large enough roster of doctors to keep the maternity ward doors open.

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