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Little Lullabies recording mother's voice for NICU babies at Children's Hospital of Atlanta

In an Atlanta NICU, babies can be soothed by their mothers’ voices—whether mom is there or not

Inside Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the sound of a mother singing the alphabet song backed by an acoustic guitar to her newborn baby plays from a CD player. Little Lullabies, a music therapy program started by music therapist Hannah Ivey, allows parents to comfort their NICU babies, even when obligations keep them away from the hospital.
Xytex Cryo transparency

A better babymaking business? Georgia-based sperm bank Xytex promises greater transparency after controversy

On Wednesday, Xytex Cryo International announced it would become the first United States sperm bank to limit how many births can come from new donors. This comes in the wake of the revelation that a mentally ill man donated sperm at Xytex over a period of 14 years, fathering at least 36 children.
Dawn Mandeville

The first time I delivered twins but only one survived

I kept glancing in the direction of Twin B. The staff was huddled around the baby, and I saw they were moving more quickly than they would for a normal newborn. I caught the eye of the attending neonatologist, who shook her head. I felt sick.
Dr. Tameeka Law Walker

The first time I treated a ruptured uterus

I arrived in the hospital room to find a pregnant woman writhing in pain. On the screen, I immediately saw something odd. The baby was awkwardly positioned, and its heart rate was super low. I realized we had to deliver her right away.
Kirkland quads

Meet the Kirkland quad squad

“Everything is different now,” Matt says, just two days after the quadruplets mashed pudding into their own faces at their first birthday party. “Honey, do you even remember what it was like when we didn’t have kids? Do you remember any of that at all?”

Motherhood Beyond Bars aids new moms, moms-to-be in Georgia prisons

Being pregnant and in prison is a heartbreakingly bad combination. Bethany Kotlar is trying to improve the situation for moms and moms-to-be in Georgia's lockups.
3rd & Hudson

Local Find: 3rd & Hudson’s chic diaper bags

It doesn’t take a mother’s intuition to know diaper bags are the Croc of handbags. But after the birth of her first child, Parsons School of Design grad Sasha Fridy realized she didn’t want to sacrifice fashion for function.
Hannah Brinson's daughter

What it’s like to give birth to a one-pound baby

The one thing I prayed the hardest for was to hear her cry. I just thought, If I hear her make some sort of sound, it means she’ll be okay. When Paisley came out, I heard a noise.
Thoughts of Home

Thoughts of Home: Blueprint for a baby

The day we signed the contract to build our semi-custom home in North Fulton, I was a shell of a person, so hollowed out I could hear my own heartbeat echoing through its four chambers.
DriButts

A Douglasville couple created DriButts reusable diapers to help impoverished families

Michael Wahl never planned to start a diaper company. But in 2013, after building wells as a church missionary in Haiti, where toddlers often go naked, he returned home and, with wife Starla, set about designing a quick-dry, reusable diaper.

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