Parenting Preemies

LEO - Born at 24 weeks, 2 days, 1 lb, 6 oz – 107 Days in NICU

Preemie Moms Talk About When They Felt Like Parents

Your role as a parent in the NICU is unique and irreplaceable, but it doesn’t always feel that way. When your preemie is ill, it can seem like it’s the doctors and nurses who are playing the number one role in your baby’s life while you watch from the sidelines. Many parents of preemies feel […]

Parents of Preemies Talk About Their Introduction to the NICU

Parents of Preemies Talk About Their Introduction to the NICU

Recently, on Facebook, we asked parents of preemies a simple question: did you know the NICU before your baby was admitted? As in, did you know where and what the NICU was? Was it part of the prenatal hospital tour? Did your care provider talk about premature birth and the possibility that your baby might […]

Don’t Expect Hospital Upgrades to Improve Family-Centered Care in the NICU

A couple of years ago I was on a work trip in California, and while most of the country was still in the economic doldrums, I noticed quite a bit of new construction taking place. Upon closer inspection I realized that many of these buildings were going to become new hospitals. Hospital executives across the […]

Understanding Prematurity – How to Talk to Parents of Preemies

A Resource for Family, Friends, and Supporters When a baby is born early and needs the kind of care only a neonatal intensive care unit can provide,it can be so hard to know what to say to the mom and dad standing watch over the isolette. When I was in the NICU with my daughter […]

A Preemie Mom to Preemie Daughters

A Preemie Mom to Preemie Daughters

This story was shared with us by preemie mom Emily. To share your own story, click here. The NICU has been with me since the day of my birth. I’ve known that colloquial acronym for the neonatal intensive care unit for as long as I’ve known a child’s basic vocabulary, because I spent ten weeks […]

15 Things You Might Not Know About Kangaroo Care for Preemies

15 Things You Might Not Know About Kangaroo Care for Preemies

The benefits of kangaroo care – skin-to-skin contact between parents and their preemies – can’t be overstated. While NICUs used to recommend that preemies spend a lot of time resting in their isolettes, it’s now common for doctors and nurses to advise moms (and dads) of premature babies to practice kangaroo care when preemies are […]

Today Was Supposed to Be Your Due Date

Today Was Supposed to Be Your Due Date

This post comes from our Preemie Parent Mentor Emily – her story will resonate with many preemie parents who wonder if there’s something they could have done to prevent premature birth. The fact is, however, that most premature birth happens without warning for reasons we don’t always understand. Today was supposed to be your due […]