by Laura Nathanson, M.D., FAAP,
It's natural to have mixed emotions when you take your baby (or babies!) home from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. You're thrilled to have Cherub all to yourself, but struggle with doubts: Can you really care for this fragile being? Do you really understand what that care consists of?
Here are some guidelines to help inspire you with the confidence you need.
True, you may never need them in an emergency; but if you do, it may be crucial to have them instantly available rather than sitting in a computer or on a file shelf. Moreover, it's best to read them over to make sure there aren't any surprises or errors lurking in there.
To obtain them, go to the Medical Records Department of the hospital, and sign a permission slip. You need to present photo ID, and you'll need to pay a copying fee. If possible, make sure you get the following documents:
Admission history and physical examination