Babies’ first immunizations protect against hepatitis B

Minnesota Department of Health Vaccination is one of the greatest public-health achievements of the 20th century. There are vaccines that can help protect children from 14 serious diseases before age 2. Before vaccines, these diseases made children extremely sick and could lead to long-term health problems and death. Vaccines given on time, every time, protect … Continued

Mother, Baby and Me: Pat McPherson

Meet Pat McPherson, an RN and patient care manager in the special care nursery (SCN) at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. In June, McPherson will celebrate 40 years as a RN. She has taken care of hundreds of babies over the years. We asked McPherson a few questions about her career and role within the … Continued

Top precautionary measures to reduce the risk of SIDS

Newborn essentials purchased? Check. Adorable wardrobe? Check. Test drove the rocking chair? Check. All done! Well, not so fast – the perfectly furnished nursery needs to be completely safe for your new delivery and this starts with the crib. According to, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants. … Continued

Nine tips for newborns in the winter

Just because the groundhog saw its shadow doesn’t mean that we will see spring weather anytime soon. According to Kare 11’s past weather data, the average low temperature in Minnesota for March and April ranges between 22 and 37 degrees. Becoming a new parent is challenging enough, let alone preparing them for the frigid temperatures outside. Here … Continued