What's it like to be a NICU parent? What do you need to know about the transition home from the hospital? And what advice would experienced NICU moms give to parents in the thick of it?
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You've heard the phrase skin-to-skin, but what about kangaroo care? How can this intimate way of holding your baby increase bonding after birth? What are some of the other benefits? How can it help with breastfeeding? And how does it ease the struggles many premature and NICU babies face while in the hospital?
We're continuing our series focused on what to expect if your twins need to visit the NICU. In this episode, our panelists share ways they were able to bond with their babies during their stay- even in an unnatural environment.
One thing that's common among every parent who has had to deal with premature birth is the complex mix of emotions that they experience. Negative emotions like grief, worry, shock, anger, and guilt swirl around your head. Mixed in are positive emotions like hope, love, longing to be with your baby, and relief that at least it was not a miscarriage. It is an overwhelming feeling that can disorient anyone. That's why we thought we'd create this step-by-step guide on how to deal with a premature birth to help you navigate this difficult period.
Most newborn twins don't need to spend time in the NICU, but it's always helpful for expecting parents to be prepared- just in case. Today we're launching a new series focused on all things related to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. If this is your first trip inside the NICU, what can you expect?
We're continuing our series focused on what to experience if your twins need the NICU. In this episode, learn more about what happens after your babies leave the hospital. What type of follow-up and outpatient care is typically needed?
We're continuing our series focused on neonatal intensive care units. In this segment, parents with twins in the NICU discuss how they managed the time spent with their twins. Plus, how do parents with singletons juggle their schedule to spend time needed in the NICU?
The separation between mother and baby while in the NICU can be difficult. How can a mom maximize her breastfeeding success under these circumstances?
When we're pregnant, we all hope for a healthy baby and a safe labor and delivery experience. And sometimes the best outcome for mom and baby is giving birth much sooner than expected. How does breastfeeding change as the parent of a preemie? What kind of support can you expect from the hospital? How can you maintain your milk supply even when your baby is too small to feed from the breast? And what are your options when it comes to donor milk?