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The Power of Peer Support in the NICU

The Power of Peer Support in the NICU

Forming relationships in the NICU isn’t easy. Families sometimes aren’t allowed to speak with one another in the unit, only in the hallways. They want to respect each other’s privacy and hesitate to ask too many questions. And sometimes parents don’t have the...

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They Understood Everything I was Feeling – the Ibarra-Chavez Family Story

They Understood Everything I was Feeling – the Ibarra-Chavez Family Story

Liam had many ups and downs. I made sure to pump, even when I was tired. I cried many times while connected to the pump, sad because I didn’t have the opportunity to physically breastfeed my baby. I desperately wanted that bond that I had with my first baby each time I would breastfeed him. I wanted to hold him and cuddle him in my arms all day. But having a baby in the NICU makes it hard to establish that bond, because you are not able to hold him or even do simple things like feed, burp or bathe your baby.
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The First Bath at Home After NICU

The First Bath at Home After NICU

The first bath at home after a NICU stay may feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. I have completed two first-time baths at home after NICU stays. My first son, Harrison, was born at 32 weeks, weighing 2 pounds, 12 ounces, and spent 34 days in the NICU. My second son, Harland, was born at 28 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 11 ounces, and spent 293 days in the NICU.
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Staff Spotlight: Family Support Specialist Cristal Carrasco

Staff Spotlight: Family Support Specialist Cristal Carrasco

Today we're introducing you to Cristal Carrasco, one of our amazing Family Support Specialists. Cristal administers our Ambassador Program in the NICU at Seton Medical Center Austin, providing vital support to parents, leading weekly support groups and hosting special events for holidays and other celebratory opportunities. Most recently she helped celebrate NICU nurses with a fun coffee bar for Neonatal Nurses Week. Let's get to know Cristal!
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Celebrating Neonatal Nurses Week

Celebrating Neonatal Nurses Week

September 9 - 15 is Neonatal Nurses Week! Established in 2000 by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), members of the neonatal community use this time to honor their nurse colleagues and show their pride in being a neonatal nurse. For NICU parents, it's a time to honor and celebrate the nurses who not only cared for our babies, but who cared for us as NICU parents and the entire NICU family.

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Our blog is inspired by the many diverse experiences that are common to parents of preemies. If you have a preemie or a baby who spent time in the NICU, a child with special needs or a loss – we want you to know that you are not alone. Join our supportive community and connect to parents who share similar experiences to your own, arm yourself with information to properly care for your child(ren) and your family, and find inspiration and hope when you need it most.  Meet our bloggers.

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