One of the greatest joys of the season is bringing baby home for the first time. Baby’s first Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa is always a blessed event, for the family gets to celebrate the new addition with deeply held traditions. And if mom’s pregnancy and delivery were particularly difficult, or the baby was in neonatal care, the occasion is even more joyous. With all the gift giving and food preparation that goes on, one can easily forget that less than 100 years ago, many of these celebrations would have had a different outcome without the dedicated work of neonatal pioneers.
The problem of premature babies who had little to no chance of survival was of deep concern to doctors before the industrial revolution, but there was not much that could be done. In the mid-nineteenth century, the first rudimentary incubator was developed, based on incubators used for chicken eggs. And since then, especially through the pioneering efforts of Dr. Stephane Tarnier, premature infants have been cared for in incubators, or isolettes, as we call them now that greatly increased their chances of survival. Advances in neonatal care continue to amaze as babies born early thrive into adulthood.
Now, thousands of mothers and babies can take part in Baby’s First Christmas parties to the delight of the whole family. If you’re welcoming a new addition this year, remember that mom deserves some credit, too. Make sure you include something that will make her sparkle like the star she is this season. Lancôme makes luxurious fragrances, make up and accessories that that would be perfect. And you can use a to get them for less. Making your purchase is as simple as using your smart phone or other mobile device to click your way to great savings, and free shipping on qualifying orders. And they offer free samples with purchase that would be a bonus surprise in any stocking. You don’t even have to leave the house to shower her with lovely gifts. You can shop, they’ll ship, and it’s a win-win for all.
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