Navigating the NICU
Hand to Hold, a national NICU family support organization, produced this video specifically for siblings who have a brother or sister in the neonatal intensive care unit. The tour is led by a NICU graduate who explains what a NICU is, about the care babies receive there, the importance of handwashing and what a big brother or sister can do to show their love for their sibling even if they can't visit them in the hospital NICU. Visit www.handtohold.org to learn more.
Having a baby in the NICU is a difficult time in any parent's life. When you have other young children at home, challenges are multiplied. They need your time and attention, too. One of the most valuable things we can offer our children in times of crisis is clear, consistent information. This resource provides some of the most common questions your child may have and suggestions on how to answer.
The holiday season is especially tough for families with premature babies. Whether they are in the NICU or at home, life is just so much more complex because there are the baby's special health needs to consider. Here are some tips for families with preemies to help make the holiday season a little brighter.
Maybe you have been inside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for a visit or perhaps you have visited me at home during the times I was there. As fascinating as a "tiny baby" may seem, there are things I want you to know that could help me greatly as I focus on the journey through the NICU and, hopefully, to come home with my baby.
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Coping & Emotions
When your baby's birth is followed by a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, it can have a very real and lasting impact on your mental health. Parents with babies in the intensive care unit are more at risk of depression and anxiety disorders. Learn how to lessen your chances of suffering from anxiety, depression or even post-traumatic stress disorder, recognize the signs that may mean you should seek help and know how to advocate for your health throughout your NICU experience.
This program helps new moms cope with the uncertainty that can come with having a preemie. "When Baby Arrives Early" shows how to care for a premature infant while in the hospital and during those first few days at home. Healthcare professionals and Moms openly discuss how they face the uncertainty.
There is nothing that prepares a new parent for the premature birth of their baby. Coping with change is difficult under the best of circumstances, but when uncertainty surrounds the health and well being of your baby it can be overwhelming. There are some things you can do while making this difficult transition that will assist you in coping with the unexpected journey through the NICU.
The emotional, physical, financial and psychological impact of a NICU stay often blindsides families. Hand to Hold is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the information, resources and support parents need during and after a NICU stay to ensure the best outcome for the baby and the entire family unit.
For many families, having a baby is a happy yet stressful time. Parents who have experienced the birth of a premature baby may experience more than average stress levels, including anxiety disorders, as well as higher incidences of postpartum depression (PPD) or postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (PPTSD). The purpose of this brochure is to provide information on these mental health issues so that they can be more easily diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.