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If you have a preemie, you're probably wondering what all this equipment is and what it does. Here is a list for you to checkout and research.
The NICU can be a nerve-racking place for mom, dad and baby, with bright lights, beeping monitors and a busy staff. The staff works hard to provide a comfortable and healthy surrounding for your baby, The lights are often times dimmed and babies' isolates are sometimes covered to decrease the light and noise to help promote that surrounding.
Kangaroo care is a form of skin-to-skin contact between a parent and their preterm baby. The baby, wearing only a diaper, is held in an upright position against the parent's bare chest. The baby is held this way for 20 minutes to four hours a day. This is called Kangaroo Care because it is similar to the way a baby kangaroo is snuggled against its mother. Discover more and get started making the most of your time with your preemie today.
While the goal is for every baby to be born healthy and at full term, the reality is premature birth, also known as preterm birth, is the number one obstetric problem and the number one cause of death for newborns in the United States.
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?
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.
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.
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.
by Dianne I. Maroney