Premature babies are often fed intravenously, or through tubes inserted into one of the baby's veins. This 'IV nutrition' is critical for helping your baby get stronger. Learn how this process works, and how you can keep your breast milk supply up so that when baby is ready he can make the transition to breastfeeding.
Every parent looks forward to the day their baby will be discharged from the NICU, but having the baby home is going to present a new set of challenges for you. The more you can be mentally prepared, the easier it should be. This resource lists some realities you may face once you are home with your baby, and ways you can prepare for your baby's discharge.
This brochure thanks family and friends for all of the love and support received while the baby has been in the NICU. Now that the family is coming home, they will need continued help and support. The doctors and nurses have provided information on how to keep the family and baby safe, happy and healthy, and there will be some extra precautions taken for the time being.
We know that parents usually want their baby to come home as soon as possible. All of the NICU staff's decisions about when to discharge a baby are made with the baby's health and safety as our paramount concerns. We have general guidelines, as shown in this document, but these are individualized as needed in each baby's case.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a serious illness and can cause great harm and even death to your premature infant. If your baby has been prescribed RSV Prophylaxis (you may know this under the medication name Synagis), this resources provides a simple way to "Revvin' Up for RSV Season" each month.
Tests & Treatments
Critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) represents a group of heart defects that cause serious, life- threatening symptoms, but are often treatable if detected early. Learn about this simple screening test that uses non-invasive pulse oximetry to measure how much oxygen is in the blood; helping to identify babies who may be affected by CCHD before they leave the hospital.
This booklet shares practical strategies designed to give comfort and help hold onto hope in the weeks ahead. Throughout, you'll find quotes and tips from moms and dads whose journeys were likely similar to your own. Remember that you're not alone - prematurity is more common than people realize, and there are many parents and organizations ready to help your family not only survive, but also thrive. We're here for you and we hope you reach out.