Newborn babies back in Christmas stockings in time for holiday

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The cute holiday tradition continues at the Sanford Health Family Birth Center. In its third annual year, newborn babies are back in stockings just in time for Christmas. This year’s latest addition features a Santa hat knitted by volunteers. Sanford staff say they always have fun being creative when they put newborns in stockings every year….

Sanford Health releases most popular baby names for 2021

Amelia and Oliver take the top spots for most popular names this past year

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Sanford Health helped welcome many new babies into the world this year. Now they have put out a list of the top names born in their hospitals. For the second year in a row, Amelia topped the list as the most popular name for girls born in 2021. For boys, Oliver is the most popular which…

Fargo Cass Public Health Hosts A Walk-In Flu Clinic

There has been an increase of Influenza cases in the area.

FARGO, N.D. – After the holiday season, Fargo Cass wants to remind people it’s not too late to get a flu shot. There have been 25-hundred reported cases of influenza in North Dakota, where as this time last year there were 870. There have been 27 pediatric deaths nationwide due to influenza this year. “The single most important thing to…

Baby Stocking Stuffers at Sanford Health

Sanford Health is giving new families a special gift during this holiday week.

FARGO, ND – Newborn babies are being dressed up in Christmas gear: a stocking and cap. They will go home with a stocking filled with stuffed animals and essentials. The program is running at the Family Birth Center at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. Sanford started the program to bring an extra dash of joy during a stressful time for…

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…