Your beautiful baby has arrived. But he or she was born prematurely or is sick, and needs special care. Your joy over your baby's birth may be mixed with worry and heartache. This is not how you expected fatherhood to begin.
The birth of a premature or sick baby is stressful and difficult for all family members. But it can be especially rough on you. You may worry about your baby and your partner, as well as other children at home, demands from your job and financial concerns. While each father develops his own way of coping with the birth of a premature or sick infant, this information may help make this difficult time a bit easier.
Expect Strong Emotions
You may feel many conflicting emotions after your baby is born. These emotions can be very intense. All of the feelings listed below are normal and most men experience some of them. As your baby gets stronger, your negative feelings may lessen.
Keep in Mind
What You Can Do For Your Baby
Let Others Help
Support Your Partner
Take Care of Yourself
Though you may not know it, you are already playing an important role in your baby's life. You are a member of the NICU team that is working to make your baby stronger. You provide your baby with comfort and support, and celebrate his victories, as only his dad can do. Being a NICU dad can be difficult, especially if your baby is very sick. You should take pride in all the things you do to help your baby and your partner, and realize that you are making a difference.
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