When I joined ProgenyHealth as a Medical Director, one of the aspects of the job that I found most appealing was the ability to do meaningful outreach with other neonatologists across the country. Having taken care of many medically complex babies as an attending physician in a NICU for over eight years, I believe I have a good understanding of what physicians in the community are going through and the challenges they are facing.
Every August, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in more than 170 countries around the globe. It is an annual reminder to improve the health of babies around the world by encouraging breastfeeding. Breast milk is the ideal food for babies. It is an amazing "brain food," containing more than 200 ingredients that are specifically designed to provide the most idealgrowth and development for the human body. Breast milk is rich in nutrients needed by the baby for brain growth and development.
Nearly half of all US adults have difficulty understanding and using health information, according to a 2004 landmark report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. To the nurses at ProgenyHealth, health literacy is the ability of caregivers, most often the parents, whose infant(s) are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to attain, process, and understand health information and services needed to make informed decisions.