Parenting Preemies

Preemie Parent Tips: 8 Ways to Take a Break When You’re a NICU Parent

Parenting in the NICU is exhausting – physically, mentally, and emotionally. It takes a huge toll on your body and your spirit, and that’s true even when your journey is a relatively easy one. If you’re coping with the effects of extreme prematurity or your preemie is sick, you’re facing an even longer, tougher road. […]

Adjusting to Your New Reality After Premature Birth

Adjusting to Your New Reality After Premature Birth

Adjusting to life with a new baby is always challenging, but adjusting to life after premature birth can be a lot harder. You may not realize how much premature birth will impact your life at first because your preemie is new to the NICU. Once you’re discharged, you’ll be spending a lot of time (and […]

Newborn Premature in Incubator

Continuous and Multiple Waves: The Many Emotions of Preterm Birth

The title of this post came from a study conducted in 2014 that found that mothers in particular have strong, varied, and long-term reactions to preterm birth. While most of us are personally and acutely aware of that fact, it was nice that the study’s conclusion recommended that more attention be paid to preemie parents’ […]

18 Things You Might Not Know About Premature Birth

18 Things You Might Not Know About Premature Birth

For many moms, the first signs of premature labor are obvious contractions. But for some, premature labor began with nothing more than a general “off” feeling or minor flu-like symptoms. Mothers who deliver their babies early produce milk that’s perfectly designed to nourish premature babies. A preemie mom’s milk will have extra minerals, fat, and […]

Kangaroo Care Is Good for Preemie Parents, Too

When you’re new to premature birth, everything is scary. Just looking at your preemie (and all their medical accessories) can be frightening. And the thought of holding a preemie? Terrifying! But at the same time, most new parents are desperate to hold their babies because they instinctively know that physical contact is a vital part […]