Balancing life between the NICU and home is no easy feat. When you have one (or more) child in the NICU and one (or more) child at home, it feels nearly impossible to be fully present with either. Add on visitor restrictions from RSV/FLU and it gets even more difficult!
As a child life specialist, part of my job is to support the entire family. Juggling life in the NICU and at home can leave your brain on overload and unable to think of ways to support the whole family, which is why we have done some of the work for you!
While we cannot change hospital policy, we can offer different ways to stay connected during this season.
Take pictures of your child in the NICU and show to siblings at home daily.
Encourage older siblings to write letters to their baby
Did you know that one out of every 10 babies are born premature? 15 million babies in the world were born preemies in 2017 according to Bliss Baby Charity. I tell many of my patients that they are in good company! Here are some famous preemies:
Stevie Wonder, musician – 34 weeks
Mark Twain, author (born in 1835!) – 2 months early
Anna Pavlova, ballerina
Sir Winston Churchill, British politician – 32 weeks
Michael J Fox, actor – born in 1961
Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize winner – born in 1879
Wayde van Niekevk, Olympic gold medal winner – 29 weeks
(If you know of more, write me – I’d love to hear from you!)
The NICU can come across as a scary place. Alarms are going off, staff is rushing back and forth, everyone is always washing their hands. What’s up with that?