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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.

“In Their Own Words:” A new photo series from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will inspire you

September is both Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Sickle Cell Awareness Month, and to raise awareness of and donations toward research for both diseases, the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta launched a new photo series that shows Children's patients holding flags with words such as "fearless," "hope," and "brave."
Swim Across America Atlanta Open Water Swim

Atlanta’s “Super Bowl of Swimming” brings Olympians and cancer advocates to Lake Lanier this weekend

This weekend, swimmers both Olympian and novice will descend upon Lake Lanier for the Swim Across America Atlanta Open Water Swim, which raises money for cancer research at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Groundbreakers

5 years of Groundbreakers: What our alums are doing now

For our fifth anniversary of the Groundbreaker Awards, we've checked in on some of our past finalists to see what they're working on today.
Donna Hyland

39. Donna Hyland

Hyland was just 29 when she was named CFO of what then was Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center. She helped oversee that hospital’s 1998 merger with Egleston to form Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and, in 2008, became president and CEO of the combined system.

“We Cannot Waste a Single Day”

For children with brain tumors—and for their families—the struggles that come after a diagnosis can be unimaginable. Candice Dyer explores how some parents are lightening the burden for those who will come next, whether by establishing a biorepository for scientists, lobbying for more research dollars, or simply helping a family with its bills.

Kids and screen time

Are your kids glued to their phones and laptops and video games? Of course they are. The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy about screen time and children. Don't even try handing your toddler the iPad.

The Innovation Index

Arthritis Simulation Gloves
Here’s a novel way to make jars and packages easier to open: Let manufacturers see what it’s like to handle products with arthritic hands. These gloves, developed by Georgia Tech Research Institute engineers, stiffen the joints and make it harder to grip, turn, and push down on lids. Some manufacturers are already using the empathy-inducing handwear in product trials, and builders are using them to test doorknobs and cabinet drawers. That should enable companies to prepare for an aging population.

Linda Matzigkeit

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has admitted patients who weigh more than 500 pounds, and the pediatric facility treats type 2 diabetes, hypertension, liver disease, and sleep apnea—diseases once seen only in adults. When Children’s started asking questions, it was stunned to discover that although 40 percent of Georgia children were overweight or obese (second worst only to Mississippi), more than 70 percent of parents considered their kids’ weights normal.

Against the Odds: Jackson Reeves

I have always believed that I died when I was seven years old.

Riding my bike around our Sandy Springs neighborhood one May afternoon, I made a sharp right turn without looking and rode straight into the back of a parked pickup truck. At first, everyone thought I was fine, including a doctor who lived down the street.

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