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Online Resources:

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. The organization is committed to preventing premature births, birth defects, and infant mortality. For current information and resources, visit or

Is your newborn in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)? Visit the Share website at This is an online community for NICU families where you can have online discussions, start a blog, or just make some friends.

Local Resources and Support:

Mary Washington Hospital is now equipped with ante partum rooms where expectant mothers on bedrest receive special, appropriate care. The MWH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) unit Hospital received an AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses) and JOHNSON’s Childbirth Nursing Award in June 2008. Both of these units, as well as the regular Labor and Delivery wing and Mother and Baby rooms, are located in the Amy Guest Center for Women and Children of MWH and can be toured by expectant mothers and their families.

If you are expecting multiples, your pregnancy is considered high-risk and you should be knowledgeable about the signs of preterm labor and possibilities of bed rest. You may want to consider meeting other expectant moms who are carrying multiplies (or women who have successfully delivered them!). Contact Stacey Broughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about the Fredericksburg Area Mothers of Multiples Club.

Parents of Preemies Reading Recommendations

1. Days in Waiting: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Bedrest by Many Ann McCann

2. The Pregnancy Bedrest Book: A Survival Guide for Expectant Mothers and Families by Amy E. Tracey

3. Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies by Dana Weschler Linden

4. What to do When Your Baby is Premature: A Parent’s Handbook for Coping with High Risk Pregnancy and Caring for the Preterm Infant by Joseph A. Garcia-Prats

5. Pregnancy Bedrest: A Journey of Love by Wanda Hale

6. Bedrest by Sarah Bilton (fiction)

7. Mommy Has to Stay in Bed by Annette Rivli-Gutman (fiction)

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.


Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”