Bringing your baby home from the NICU can be a very joyous and overwhelming experience. I talk extensively about our experience in my blog titled: Life after the NICU But, I decided to share a few quick and helpful tips to keep in mind while preparing to bring your little one home and get settled into life at home.
- Make sure you have lined up a pediatrician one who has experience caring for premature babies. Its best to ask for references via the NICU staff or other preemie moms. Once you have found your prospects, its a good idea to call and arrange a phone or in person interview/consult with the Doctor prior to committing. A few days prior to discharge, the nurse may ask if you have a Pediatrician and you will need to provide their info- usually the NICU case manager or social worker will schedule the first appointment 2 days following your babies discharge. It is also important to verify if your baby will need to have any other follow up appointments with specialist.