babies

Officials Link Many Sudden Baby Deaths to Unsafe Sleeping

The Department of Health says its research shows 82 percent of 90 sudden infant deaths in 2016 and 2017 involved unsafe sleeping.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota health officials say the majority of sudden unexplained infant deaths reported in the state in recent years are related to an unsafe sleeping environment. The Department of Health says its research shows 82 percent of 90 sudden infant deaths in 2016 and 2017 involved unsafe sleeping. Most involved babies were not sleeping in cribs, or were sleeping…

Life 97.9 Receives Donations To Help Babies In Need

The station received 10,000 diapers and wipes to help a shelter in need of basic necessities for babies.

FARGO, N.D. –  After reading an article in the newspaper about the need of donations for premature babies in “Churches United for the Homeless”, Life 97.9 wanted to do something to help. The radio station partnered with the organization and reached out to listeners through the show and social media. They set a booth in 16 areas in North Dakota…

Essentia Health Unveils New NICU, Women’s and Children’s Unit

Patients are set to move in Monday

FARGO, N.D. — Essentia Health unveils its new $4.1 million NICU and Women’s and Children’s Unit. One doctor at Essentia had twins born prematurely three years ago, and seeing the new unit unveiled was especially meaningful for her. “The first time I came down, we’ve known this project was coming, so I was able to see when it was just…

Essentia Health Debuts Mamava Suites for Breastfeeding Moms

The suites are for patients, families, and staff members

FARGO, N.D. — Essentia Health debuts its new Mamava suites, and it’s the first healthcare system in North Dakota to have it. For breastfeeding moms, it can be stressful figuring out the next place to pump or nurse. “Moms go everywhere, they don’t just stay home because they’ve had kids,” Danielle Ritter, Director of National Accounts at Mamava, said. Oftentimes…

“Dear NICU Mama” Connecting, Supporting, Celebrating Mothers and Newborns

the group started in April 2019

FARGO, N.D. —  Martha Mink’s son JP weighed one pound and nine ounces when he was born in 2015. “He lived for only three days,” Mink said. But that wouldn’t be her only experience in the NICU. Her daughter JJ was born in July 2018 at only three pounds. It wasn’t until she got home from the hospital that she…

Sanford Medical Center is Delivering More Babies Than Ever

The hospital delivered a total of nearly 800 babies over the past three months

FARGO, N.D. — Emmie Lee and Elle came into the world just a week ago. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. Even from the day I found out that we’re having twins, it was a complete shock,” said their mother, Amanda Garcia. The news of identical twins may have surprised Amanda, but it wasn’t a shocker to the Sanford Medical Center…

Babies Compete for the Title of the ‘Fast and Adorable’

Crawling to their parents is something they do every day, but this time there are prizes on the line

FARGO, N.D.– It’s off to the races for babies in the area. Crawling to their parents is something they do every day, but this time there are prizes on the line. Chosen for their nicknames, these babies are competing to be the fastest crawler for the first ever Y94 Baby Crawl. “A lot of them put nicknames in there so one…

NICU Nurses Reunite With Babies Who Left the Hospital One Year Later

This is the second year Essentia has held the reunion

  FARGO, N.D. — Most parents only have one child in Essentia’s NICU. But for the Vanbruggen’s, giving birth at only 33 weeks into the pregnancy meant putting triplets into intensive care. “They had to spend about a month in the NICU mainly just learning how to drink and how to keep themselves warm and kind of basic things that full–term…

Sanford Children’s Hospital Highlights Highly-Realistic Simulation Training Tool

The equipment is funded by donations from the Children's Miracle Network

FARGO, N.D. — A simulation training tool at Sanford Children’s Hospital is about as close as you can get to the real thing. The doll used is so realistic that it moves, breathes, and even cries. “It’s nice to see babies like this who do react. Sometimes I feel like we’re just getting told vitals and we’re making up the…

Several Families Welcome Babies on New Year’s Day

One New Year's Baby even shares a birthday with her mom

FARGO, N.D. — Several families are celebrating the start of a new life along with the new year. “I was in the middle of a contraction and heard someone say, ‘oh it’s 2019,’ so not what I expected for a celebration,” Brittany Nygaard, a new mom, said. That’s certainly not a typical way to ring in the new year. After being…