As human beings we instinctively want to help others when they are faced with trauma, difficult situations, or a celebratory milestones. We bring new mothers home cooked meals and freeze-ables so they can focus on their new baby, we send soldiers baby wipes and extra socks, we bring flowers and junk food to grieving friends. Most situations that call for care packages are fairly obvious to us, as are the ingredients for that heartwarming parcel. But what about an event that is momentous in both in its joy and it’s struggle?
Premature birth or sickness that results in a stay at the NICU is one of the biggest fears mothers harbor throughout pregnancy, so when it occurs it creates a nightmare feeling of helplessness as well as a simple, yet wonderful delight in meeting their little one. Along with the normal difficulties that come with a newborn including lack of sleep, hormonal changes, recovering from labor, etc., mother’s of NICU babies can add a myriad of questions and concerns to their stress load. When will I be able to take my baby home, or even hold him/her? Will my baby be developmentally behind others her age? Will I be able to breastfeed? Will I not be able to bond as well with my baby? Continue reading “7 Steps To Create The Best NICU Care Package”