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Filtering by Category: NICU Stress

Grief and Depression in the NICU - Finding the Help You Deserve


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...

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One Powerful Way to Help a NICU Parent


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...

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NICU Support Groups - The Importance of Finding your Tribe


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....

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