I need help with how to be a NICU mom. My baby was born at term, but was transferred to another hospital because of trouble breathing. Now he is being slowly weaned off the oxygen to room air, and once he can breathe well on his own he has to prove to them he can eat.
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?
There is sound advice available on what to do if you are at your breaking point when caring for an infant. Most commonly, we are told to place the baby in a safe place, like a crib, and walk away from the situation. A baby is much better off crying in the crib than being subject to your frustration.
Your infant is in need of specialized care that only a NICU and specially trained staff can deliver. The environment that you entered into may be confusing, scary and overwhelming for all concerned. All you want to do is hold your child and not let go.
One of the things you will quickly learn about being a stay-at-home-mom is that it can sometimes be difficult to shift gears from Mommy to Hot Mama. When it's 9 p.m. and your husband is giving you that look, it can be a challenge to look at your husband with little more than indifference. Here's a few ways to make that S in SAHM stand for Sexy!
I could desperately use some advice on pumping. My daughter is 15 days old and in the intensive care unit. She will most likely be there for months and I have been pumping, trying to build up a supply for her. She currently has a feeding tube and is only getting 3cc an hour, so even the little I have been able to get should last a while. But I am at the end of my rope and am about the give up.
Babies born before the 37th week of gestation are considered to be born prematurely. The risk of complications increases the earlier the baby is born. Below is a list of the most common complications that a premature newborn may face.
From Aaliyah to Zvi, the range of name choices is dazzling. If you're a sleepless parent-to-be, it can look like a vast landscape with no road map. To make sure you keep your bearings, here are some basic principles for understanding names -- and finding that one perfect name that speaks to your heart.
For most parents of preemies, some sense of vulnerability lingers after homecoming. Many parents find themselves vigilantly watching for any signs of trouble, ever ready to intervene and fearing that the saga of prematurity will never end.