When my oldest son was sick I spent 119 consecutive days with him at Blank Children’s Hospital. I quickly learned to aid his incredibly compassionate nurses with his staggering care regimen. In fact, I became so proficient in the jargon and procedures associated with pediatric cancer care that I was mistaken, more than once, for […]
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Mobile phones, tablets, digital assistants. These days it may seem that kids learn to type on a keyboard or ask Siri even before they can crawl. That doesn’t mean we should forget about teaching handwriting. Why Handwriting Matters Handwritten communication is still a part of our everyday lives. Whether it’s signing a birthday card or […]
Choosing a pediatrician or family doctor is a big decision. We’ve compiled a list of Des Moines pediatricians and primary care physicians to help you.
It was our fifth day at Blank Children’s Hospital with our very sick son. Our baby boy had received excellent round-the-clock care, but my husband and I still hadn’t heard a definitive diagnosis to explain his illness. We were beyond exhausted, hadn’t slept well in days, were living off caffeine and junk food, and hadn’t […]
I know more about blood than I ever wanted to know. I’m not a hematologist, oncology nurse, or even a person who likes to read nonfiction. What I am, however, is a mother of a child who used more than his fair share of other people’s blood and blood products. In fact, my son is […]
This post is part 2 of 6 in the series How I Became a Mother. My husband and I shared 10 amazing years of marriage before we welcomed a child into our family. Our friends and family finally stopped asking when it was going to happen, and then, in July 2009, at age 31, I was honored to accept […]
We invite you to join us not only for this upcoming amazing family event, but to support something so important to our community families. Blank Children’s Hospital holds a sacred place in our hearts as our daughter, Clare was born at 29 weeks and Blank was home to us for her first 40 days! We know many […]