Calling out to all premature baby/NICU experts
February 8, 2012 4:25 PM Subscribe
Help my wife and I navigate NICU and all that having a premature baby involves.
posted by Admira to Health & Fitness (28 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My wife was 25 weeks pregnant when she lost most of her amniotic fluid. For 5 days she was in the hospital not moving and on antibiotics, undergoing tests etc and on the evening of the 5th day our little baby boy was born, at 820grams. He was moving a lot and tried to make small crying noises. He was whisked immediately to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where he remains now.
Since then (a week ago) he has improved drastically... he is off his ventilator, so breathing independently, he is active in between long rest periods, is eating 1 ml of mothers milk every 3 hours. We began kangaroo care yesterday - amazing to see the difference it makes.
All this has thrust an intimidating new world of parenthood on us. There was no FAQ, no pamphlet, or anything at the hospital to explain what might happen, what we should ask etc. The doctors and nurses are great for the most part, and though things have settled a bit I would love some NICU survival tips and tricks, links to resources or anything anyone would think is useful.
Thanks very much!