January 2016

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By Ashley Bernier When my son Hartley was first diagnosed at 3 days old, I simply couldn’t believe this was happening. To be honest, I still have moments when I wonder why and how this could have happened to my sweet boy. The doctors explained how critically ill he was and how rare he was, and I had never been so scared in my entire life. I thought we were going to lose him. It was so difficult to get pregnant in the first place, and I really felt like he was all I had ever hoped for. Flash-forward almost seven years, and Hartley isRead More →

We would like to welcome our new Medical Director, Dr. Alicia Hartung, to the eKidz Family! Dr. Hartung, a pediatrician with Kids Plus, is well versed in the care for many of the conditions that our children and families face every day. Her skills and expertise will be invaluable to eKidzCare. Welcome aboard! Dr. Alicia J. Hartung, DO, IBCLC, FAAP Specializes in Pediatrics Board Certifications                                   Awards Pediatrics                                                              Health grades Honor Roll   ProceduresRead More →

By Meghan Williams My daughter Piper Grace was born in July 2015 at 27 weeks gestation (a full three months early) weighing just 2 pounds. She spent 95 long days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) before finally coming home in November. The 95 days my husband and I spent visiting the NICU were some of the most difficult of our lives. Those on the outside rightfully wonder why we would continue to visit this place that was the source of so much pain. My answer is that we are not visiting the NICU — we are visiting our other family. The neonatologists spentRead More →

No matter how many times I sent my daughter into an operating or medical procedure space, it was always unnerving. Though eventually I knew what to expect — and so did she — there was always something I forgot to ask. Sometimes, even if I thought I’d heard the answer enough times that I didn’t need to ask it again, a new anesthesiologist or nurse followed a slightly different protocol, and I’d be caught off guard. Because of that, there were questions I wish, in retrospect, I’d had the presence of mind to ask each and every time. If you’re taking your child in for outpatient surgery orRead More →