Information for Parents
Premature Babies (Great Site!): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/prematurebabies.html
Premature Babies (AAP) http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/preemie/Pages/default.aspx
Questions and explanations about different diseases in the NICU: http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/uvahealth/peds_hrnewborn/index.cfm
Books for Parents: http://www.prematurity.org/premiebooks.html
Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding can make a huge impact for you and your baby who is in the NICU. For example preterm infants are at risk for special infections of their intestines called necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC for short, that some babies can die from, and breastmilk reduces this significantly. The NICU staff can talk to you more about all the benefits. Even if for a few weeks or while in baby is in the hospital can make help your baby tremendously and potentially lead to the most benefit by giving breastmilk to your child for 6 to 12 months. Two good sites are listed below.
During your baby’s stay in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, a team will work closely with your baby. Included in this team are nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, occupational and physical therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, infant educators, social workers, chaplain, and YOU, the most important member of the Health Care Team! We welcome your suggestions and ideas about the care of your baby. Our goal is to make sure you are well informed and feel like a partner in the care of your baby in the NICU.
Parenting in the NICU Before your child was born, you probably did not expect your baby to arrive early or with medical problems. Having a premature or sick newborn can be a shock to families. You may feel helpless and powerless to help your baby. You may feel scared, depressed, guilty, worried, exhausted, stressed-out, and a lot of other things.
You may have urgent questions:
Protection of Privacy and Confidentiality:
ON-LINE RESOURCES AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
The NICU is moving into a renovation project. Included in the plans is a Parent Resource Center, which will include computers available to parents. In the meantime we are constantly updating a list of computer resources including addresses of useful online services. If you want assistance in tracking down NICU related information on the computer we can provide you with a list of resources at your request.