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Nurses for Newborns
Nurses for Newborns
Spread joy and love to your friends and family, as well as to families in need, with holiday cards benefiting local charities. These cards are a great way to support deserving nonprofits while raising awareness for the causes they serve.
When Lauri Tanner was a child, the oldest of five siblings constantly read the Nurse Nancy book series and took the lead in caring for her younger brothers and sisters. As an adult, her life continues to be focused on her greatest love: taking care of people.
As the executive director of Nurses for Newborns, Melinda Ohlemiller sees the struggles families face first-hand. “The families that we serve are in need in ways many of us could not imagine,” she says, recalling a recent home visit where a 4-year-old sibling sat on her lap and asked if she had a pencil. “She was so grateful; she had nothing to write with. We take a pencil for granted, and we take diapers for granted.” But despite the lack of basic necessities, “we also see incredible resiliency,” Ohlemiller notes. “Some of these families are beaten down, but they stand up, pick themselves up and move on. We want to be part of the solution. That’s our mission, to support them.”
Nurses for Newborns board president Eileen Hamburg, Carrollton Bank president and CEO Tom and Suzanne Hough
Thank you for the great spread in LN for our Change Begins with Me exhibition opening. You have been wonderfully supportive and we couldn’t be more pleased with the impact. You are the best. (2/8/13 issue, p. 7)
We now have the names for the upcoming Maryville University St. Louis Speakers Series. The 2013-2014 season at Powell Hall begins Oct. 8 with former Greek Prime Minister GEORGE PAPANDREOU. The rest of the lineup includes: A Walk in the Woods author BILL BRYSON, Former U.S. Defense Secretary ROBERT GATES, Apple co-founder STEVE WOZNIAK, historian/author DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN and journalist DAN RATHER, whose March 25, 2014, appearance will be sponsored by LN. For subscription information, visit stlouisspeakersseries.org.
For thousands of low-income or jobless individuals who are homeless or on the brink of losing the roof over their heads, local nonprofit shelters and organizations provide a bridge to a brighter future. “Many families view us as their home,” notes Scott Gee, executive director of Haven of Grace.
LN’s holiday collection to benefit NURSES FOR NEWBORNS runs until Monday, Dec. 24. Suggested items for donation include baby formula, diapers, boy/girl toys (newborn to age 8), clothing (preemie to size 8), non-perishable food items and grocery gift cards. Collection boxes are available at our offices, 8811 Ladue Road (Ladue and 170), Suite D. To see the complete Wish List, visit laduenews.com.
This season, Ladue News is collecting Wish List items for Nurses for Newborns. We invite you to stop by LN and contribute new or gently used items to this very worthy cause!
There still is plenty of time to make a difference in the lives of struggling St. Louis families during this season of giving. As you may know, Ladue News is holding a Holiday Wish List Drive for Nurses for Newborns. We’re told that some of the families served by the organization are going hungry because parents are squirreling away their money to buy presents or to save up for the holiday meal.
Be a part of goodwill and good cheer! LN’s Holiday Wish List Drive for NURSES FOR NEWBORNS continues through Monday, Dec. 24. The organization, which helps at-risk young mothers and their babies stay healthy, as well as offering other means support to their families, is experiencing even greater need this holiday season. Suggested donation items include boys’ and girls’ clothing (infant to size 8), toys (newborn to age 8), non-perishable food, diapers, infant formula, baby wipes and grocery/Walmart/Target gift cards. Collection boxes are available at our offices, 8811 Ladue Road (Ladue and 170), Suite D. For the complete Wish List, visit laduenews.com.
During this time of year, it is an LN tradition to salute local charities and nonprofit organizations that have commemorated milestone anniversaries in 2012. In celebration, we've asked a sampling of them to share some favorite memories, as well as even bigger future plans.
Jean Hecht and Carrie Jaeger volunteer at Nurses for Newborns.
Washington University has awarded filmmaker KEN BURNS with its 2012 International Humanities Medal. Burns was presented with the award for having a significant impact on American society with his contribution to the arts.
We may think of heart problems only in terms of aging. Yet national statistics show that congenital heart defects are the most common type of major birth defect, affecting tens of thousands of babies born each year and representing the most common cause of infant death due to birth defects.
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Nurses for Newborns
Women hear the message that breastfeeding their newborns is the best way to ensure proper nutrition for the baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that new mothers breastfeed for at least a year and that breast milk be the baby’s only food during the first six months of life. However, in a study published in the July 2012 issue of the AAP journal, Pediatrics, researchers report that, although 85 percent of mothers planned to exclusively breastfeed for three months or longer, only 32 percent managed to fulfill their intention.
Soothing artwork, Jacuzzi tubs, room service and Wi-Fi are typical high-end hotel amenities. But these days, those modern luxuries also can be found in area maternity wards. See local hospitals’ options for welcoming your newborn—all in the comfort of a private labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum suite.
Local nonprofit boutiques are giving St. Louisans new reasons to shop for a cause. The shops are debuting clothing and accessories that will have you looking fashionable this summer while helping them donate much-needed dollars to area charities.