Understanding the NICU: What Parents of Preemies and Other Hospitalized Newborns Need to Know
Most parents do not expect to begin life with their new baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). They often feel lost and powerless amidst this new world of medical vocabulary, technology, and numerous health care providers.
Understanding the NICU will guide parents through the NICU journey, help them communicate with members of the NICU team, and learn about their baby's condition so that they can ask questions and participate as a valuable partner in their baby's care. It will also provide them important information about how to care for theirr baby after they leave the hospital and head home with their little one.
Included in the book are inspirational stories from parents who have had their own NICU experiences, bringing hope and comfort to other parents with an infant who is hospitalized.
Understanding the NICU provides you with everything parents need to know about
* Common NICU equipment and tests
* Common medical problems for babies in the NICU
* Special health issues for premature infants
* Who's who in the NICU and how to work with the team
* Mother-baby factors: effects on newborn health
* Feeding their baby
* Parenting in the NICU
* Birth defects and surgery
* Heading home from the NICU
* Home at last
* Caring for their baby in the first year
Intensive care is stressful by nature and overwhelming at times. Reading this book and learning about what happens in the NICU will help parents gain confidence and feel more reassured about their baby's care in the NICU -- and at home.
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