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10 Coping Tips for Parents with a Baby in the NICU

Support Each Other During the NICU Stay

Just as your baby is different from every other baby in the NICU, you are also different -- meaning you're different from your friends, parents and partner. The way that you manage life events might be nothing like the way other people in your life handle them. You and your partner may process the NICU experience differently, and it's important to remember that that's OK.

For you and your partner to help support each other, keep in mind that you may have the same emotions, but at different points in the NICU experience. Or, you may have completely different reactions the entire time. By respecting each other and making decisions together, you can become each other's support system. Spend time with your baby together and trust each other's instincts [source: March of Dimes].