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10 Coping Tips for Parents with a Baby in the NICU


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Gather Information

If there's ever a time for research in your life, this is it. Arming yourself with information helps keep you in the know on your baby's condition and the things happening around you. Learn as much as you can about your child's diagnosis and care -- keeping in mind that there will still be unknowns as you move forward. Some example questions include:

  • How is my baby doing?
  • Have there been any changes in my baby's status?
  • Who is in charge and who can I contact with questions?
  • How will I be updated if there are any changes?
  • What types of equipment and tests will be used in my baby's care?
  • What can I do to help?

However, gathering information can be a daunting task in the NICU. There are lots of things to learn, you may be overwhelmed, and the subject matter can be complicated. Consider writing down all of your questions and the answers, and, if possible, have a family member or friend with you. Together, you might remember more than you would on your own.


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