As this post from The Smallest Things describes, NICU parents’ needs are often not met after their baby’s stay. Your baby constantly tipping between life and death, the constant emotional torture, beeps of the machines can all leave an enduring toll. The ‘usual’ postnatal systems and processes don’t meet these parents’ needs – and this needs to change.
I saw a post last year; it simply said “PTSD – The hidden cost of having a premature baby?”
Nothing can prepare you for parenthood, but you allow yourself to imagine the arrival of your baby; those first precious holds, taking them home to meet loved ones, the time together to grow and bond – and then suddenly everything you imagined is dramatically replaced with the alien and uncertain world of neonatal intensive care.
It is widely reported that parents who’ve spent time with their babies in neonatal care are a greater risk of developing anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some studies suggest that it affect as many as 70% mothers following NICU and given the nature of NICU this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Yet this is a topic that remains relatively unspoken about and more importantly there are limited, and in some areas…
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