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DISCHARGED AND BABY IS IN THE NICU

DISCHARGED AND BABY IS IN THE NICU

It was a warm day in July...the 23rd to be exact and I was still in a bit of pain. I woke up knowing what the day would bring and a part of me felt ready, but anxious. I had spent the night before preparing to be discharged from the hospital, after spending 10 days in Labor & Delivery. I would be going home to start my new normal. I was officially a "NICU Mom" to a micro preemie baby boy. Wow! While I looked forward to recovering from my c-section in the comfort of my own home, a part of me felt sad. I had to leave my new baby in the hospital, with people I didn't know but had to trust. It felt awkward and unsettling. How would I cope? How would I be able to relax? How would I be able to sleep at night being away from my first born who was fighting for his life? My husband and I were told we could call and come visit anytime we wanted. We also only lived about 12 minutes from the hospital which was very comforting. The first few days were a blur. I was numb and in auto pilot. I don't remember crying very much until day 9 when things took a turn with our son's health.

Bringing Baby Home

Bringing Baby Home

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.

                                  6 TIPS:

  1. 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.