Episode 1: You Are Not Alone – Coping with Guilt & Grief in the NICU

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This episode of Hand to Hold’s NICU Now Podcast is sponsored by Prolacta Bioscience®, the pioneer in providing 100% donor milk-based nutrition for premature infants in the NICU. Only Prolacta offers a Human Milk Fortifier made exclusively from 100% donor milk. For more information visit prolacta.com.

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In this episode

  • Kelli describes the overwhelming emotions upon meeting her micro preemie son, Jackson, for the first time.
  • What is anticipatory grief and what does it mean for NICU parents?
  • What emotions can parents expect when faced with a NICU experience/meeting their baby for the first time?
  • Different ways in which grief and shame manifest themselves in NICU parents.
  • How moms and dads process guilt/grief differently.

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