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6 Ways to Bring Holiday Spirit to the NICU

6 Ways to Bring Holiday Spirit to the NICU

Photo courtesy Allison Epps Spending holidays in the NICU is not what anyone wants, but by changing our perspective a little, and by making the best of the situations we find ourselves in, we can still experience moments of great joy and find plenty of reasons to...

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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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