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

EveryTinyThing

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

EveryTinyThing

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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75 Fantastic Books to Read Aloud to NICU Babies

EveryTinyThing

Bonding in the NICU is a struggle, but one of the very easiest ways to connect is to read aloud to your little one. Babies know their parents voices, so hearing you reading will comfort and connect you both. Are you worried you'll sound foolish or weird reading to your little baby in the NICU? Believe me - don't worry about it! There are a million weirder things that go on in the NICU every day -  reading to your baby is not one of them....

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NICU Support Groups - The Importance of Finding your Tribe

Trish

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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NICU fun?!?

Trish

Are you ready for something new? I am. It's time to have a little FUN in the NICU. Wait, did I just write that? Can you really put "NICU" and "fun" in a sentence together? Yes, I did.  And, yes you can. At least, that's my goal....

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NICU specific mindfulness practices

Trish

I can't say enough about how helpful mindfulness can be for surviving the NICU. Here are a few of my favorite practices specifically designed for parents in the NICU. I love these practices, because they are great for increasing your mindfulness and calming your energy while you are spending your time with your baby.  I also love these practices because....

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