The NICU is an overwhelming, scary place that feels like a world away from the rest of the world. Whether you're expecting to spend time in the NICU or it came as a surprise, it takes time to adjust to the pace and the life of the parenting in the NICU. On this episode, I share some of the items that were essential for me to keep my sanity and help me through our 109 day NICU stay. Plus, I share with you ideas for gifts to give loved ones who have a baby in the NICU.
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The book that saved my sanity that I think every preemie parent needs
Why it's a book you should never read from cover to cover
What to leave at the bedside so you don't miss any information your baby's medical team gives you
The reason I fired one of my son's doctors and why you should too if a doctor says the same thing to you
The impact of being involved in your baby's care on how quickly s/he grows, thrives and is discharged to come home
My favorite snack when my son was in the NICU, plus other ideas that are quick and easy so you don't have to leave the bedside for too long
How to get your nurses involved so you can capture moments in the NICU even when you're not there
This is true even if your NICU has a baby cam you can check in on!
The two essentials that kept me from going crazy when I was exclusively pumping
How to keep the bond strong between you and your baby even when you're away from the unit
9 gift ideas if you have a friend or a family member with a baby in the NICU
The NICU is a hard place to be whether you're there for a few days, a few weeks or a few months. There are things you can get and buy to make your time in the NICU easier.
Resources from the show...
Preemies book (Buy now)
May Designs notebook (Buy now)
My favorite pumping bra (Buy now)
My favorite nipple cream (Buy now)
Nutrition to support postpartum healing (Listen now)
Get your copy of Pregnancy Brain: A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management During a High-Risk Pregnancy (Read Now)
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