The NICU experience...words to describe it: Terrifying, stressful, saddening, maddening, traumatic, disempowering, fearful, unpredictable, scary, mystifying, changing, bizarre lights, jarring sounds, life and death, tubes, new languages, new people, infection, struggle, adjustment, exhaustion, the unknown, the unexpected, lack of time, too much time, stress, fear, fear, fear. Simply using word association to describe the experience brings back the sensation...Read More
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The NICU is full of suffering. There’s really no use sugar-coating it. A baby is suffering, and a mother is suffering, and a father is suffering, each in their own way. Sure, we all try hard to find the positive and make the best of it. In fact, I spend most of my time - as a bedside nurse as well as a writer here - trying to soften the pain and find the positives in the experience. It’s good to look at the bright side. But in truth, I find it refreshing - and so do most parents - to be honest and accepting of the undeniable pain that is present. For some families...Read More
Rachel* hated big groups, and yet she found herself heading towards the strange little conference room in the basement of the hospital. After a month of hearing about the group, she sheepishly opened the door - nervous, hesitant, maybe a little embarrassed? - to participate in her hospital’s NICU support group.
She seriously considered turning around and heading home....Read More
Today I want to share with you an important article. It's from the New York Times in 2009 but is still very relevant....Read More
Parents overwhelmingly report that noise in the NICU is annoying, frustrating, maddening... a supreme nuisance! Why do they have to be so loud?!? And why don't the nurses respond to them all?!?....Read More
I love this article from the Los Angeles Times. Please read it, it's short and sweet. And it resonates on so many levels for families with infants in the NICU. It centers around the fact that many people don't know how to properly, kindly support people in a crisis....Read More