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Two Apps for Preemie Parents

Two Apps for Preemie Parents

With all of today's technology and apps for almost everything, we are happy to introduce you to two that are here to help preemie parents during their journey through the NICU. 

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Five Tips from a Preemie Mom

Five Tips from a Preemie Mom

We have been collecting Preemie Stories to share with you in the hope they will encourage other preemie parents wherever you are on your journey. This story also includes Five Tips that this preemie Mom learned along the way.  We want to Thank Rebecca for allowing us to pass her story on to you.
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The A-Z's of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The A-Z's of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

We often reflect on the fact that parents usually don't know they are going to have a premature baby. Most commonly we expect to carry the baby nine months, plan our gender reveal, enjoy our baby shower and then be ready for the final count down. Then all of a sudden something unforeseen happens and you find yourself in the NICU. You are thrown in a world of the unknown NICU, and you are trying to figure it all out quickly. 

We have compiled a list of NICU terms you may be hearing; it is our hope this will help you get further down the road of understanding what is happening with your little one. They are listed in alphabetical order with an easy to understand definition to help you navigate your way through your NICU journey.  
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The Long Road Home

The Long Road Home

We have recently written blog posts titled, "Preemie Parent - It's Not Your Fault!" and "Can Preemie Parents Have PTSD?" When writing these articles I was inspired to add a category to our Blog labeled "Preemie Parent Stories." It is my hope that by reading other parents' stories and struggles you will find that your are not alone. With this thought in mind, I recently spotted an Instagram post by @butterfly.gypzee where she shared her story of becoming a preemie mother. She has graciously given us permission to share her story with you. I know you are going to like it!
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Can Preemie Parents Have PTSD?

Can Preemie Parents Have PTSD?

Right off you may be asking yourself, "Why would she be writing about PTSD on a Preemie site?" We often hear about PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome) in regards to combat situations on the news. However, for families who have spent time in the NICU, they would say it was combat. They were there fighting day in and day out for their babies' survival! After I read several stories about parents' various NICU experiences, I realized that this is an issue that many preemie families are dealing with. 

First of all, many parents do not have a clue that they are going to experience the ride of the NICU! They are just beginning their pregnancy journey and the joy it brings. Perhaps they may have only recently found out if they are going to have a little boy or girl. The nursery plans are forming, and Mom is just trying to embrace the changes in her body. Life is getting exciting! The hope of the new life growing inside and the reality of a little one joining the family is building in anticipation. Then suddenly, a doctor's visit or an emergency event occurs and she finds herself in the hospital. Doctors are talking about c-section, placenta previa, placental abruption, incompetent cervix, and many other medical terms that one may have never heard before. One begins to ask and wonder, "Why me?" "What did I do wrong?" Along with many other questions all spinning around in one's head. Meanwhile, there are a million sounds, people, nurses, social workers, billing paperwork, lab techs coming in to poke the mom; who can't get out of bed, even to pee! Ugh – the world starts to spin out of control and your stuck right in the middle of it thinking, "What happened to that happy little world I was just reveling in?"
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