Ask questions, LOTS of them – Don’t be afraid to ask the doctors and nurses questions about your baby’s health, care and what to expect in the days/weeks ahead. They have been down this road before and can help you along the way. You will know your baby’s history better then anyone else, if it seems like they are missing something don’t feel bad about reminding them. And if you don’t get the answers you need or if the doctor/nurse needs to consult with someone else first make sure you follow up the next day so your question does not get forgotten about.
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Be involved in your baby’s care as much as possible – Having a baby in the NICU can be difficult, and it can feel like everything is out of your control. It can seem like everything is out of your hands, and just happening to you and your baby rather then you being playing an active role as a parent. The best way to counteract this is to get involved even in small ways in your baby’s care – pump breast milk for them, change their diaper, read a story or sing a song. Be there, be present and know that you are playing an active role in their care even just by doing the little things.
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