Meet Molly: Positive Image Consultant

Best Job Ever? Positive Image Consultant!

While attending cosmetology school nearly two decades ago, it never crossed my mind that someday I would be able to apply the skills I was acquiring to help children in a hospital setting. Most likely, the reason it hadn’t occurred to me is because it is extremely rare that cosmetology services are offered in a pediatric hospital. The Positive Image Center is a hidden gem on the second floor of American Family Children’s Hospital, known as the only hospital-based salon of its kind geared specifically to children.

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Reflections on Turning 10

American Family Children’s Hospital has come a long way since opening its doors 10 years go. This is truly one of the most beautiful, family-friendly children’s hospitals you will find. It is also a time to reflect on how far we have come since the days of the old UW Children’s Hospital that was located within the much larger University Hospital.

The north end of fourth floor in University Hospital housed Pediatrics. The general inpatient area comprised two units, F6/4 and F4/4, one for the little kids and one for the big kids. Ten steps from the F6/4 nursing station got you into the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and 25 more got you to the other end. Some would say the origins of HIPAA started here, as there were only 3 private rooms in the 12-bed PICU.

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Pumping for Your Baby

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends “exclusive breastfeeding for about six months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for one year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.” There are times when mothers are not able to directly breastfeed their infants. This can be by choice, separation of mom and infant or medical needs of either mom or infant. Some mothers will then choose to pump their milk to provide to their baby. It is the next best way for babies to get their nutrition.

Here are some tips for pumping for your baby:

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John Maniaci: A mensch with a camera

Saying that John Maniaci is a photographer is kind of like saying that Aaron Rodgers plays quarterback.

Since 2009, when John left the Wisconsin State Journal to become UW Health’s photographer, he has snapped eye-catching shots of thousands of patients, family members, doctors, nurses, therapists, parking attendants, and celebrity visitors.

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15 Years of Dedication to Preventing Injuries to Children

safe kidsPreventable injuries are the #1 killer of children ages 1-14 in the United States. Every year, approximately 8,500 families lose a child because of a preventable injury with millions more being injured every day. In the United States alone, nearly 9 million children are treated for injuries in the emergency departments each year. These tragedies don’t have to happen! The most important thing to remember about preventable injuries is that they are preventable. These injuries often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness and planning. Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children.

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