In the NICU
Congratulations on the birth of your baby
Many hospitals do not have NICUs so your baby may have been transferred to a NICU from another hospital.
The NICU roller coaster
It is natural for you to feel frightened and confused and not know what to do. Know that your feelings are normal and shared by many other families in the NICU. Also know that you being there is important and special to your baby.
Be on your baby’s team
The more you know about your baby’s medical condition and care, the more you can look out for his best interests and become his advocate. From the start, make it a goal to form a good working relationship with the NICU staff.
As you get to know your baby’s doctors and nurses, you will feel more comfortable asking questions or making suggestions. Ask the staff to keep you informed about your baby’s medical conditions and when there are choices to be made about your baby’s care, ask that you be included. Remember you all share the same goal – the best care for your baby.
See also: Share your story