The special day you've been waiting for is almost here. Your baby will soon be ready to come home. Once your baby achieves the following milestones, she's getting closer to going home:
To help prepare you for going home and taking care of your baby full time, staff in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) will help you become comfortable feeding, dressing and bathing your baby. They will teach you:
The more you practice caring for your baby while she is in the hospital, the easier it will be when you get home. Before your baby goes home, learn infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Your hospital may offer the class, or you can find one through the local Red Cross or fire department. Although you probably will never need to use CPR, it could help you save your baby's life in a medical emergency.
One or both parents can stay with the baby and take charge of her care. But the nurse is there to answer any questions, if you have any.
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