Episode 1: A Life of Purpose
In this episode:
- Kelli speaks about her own NICU experience when her son, Jackson, was born at 24 weeks.
- What is anticipatory grief and how it impacted her in the NICU.
- What is insecure infant-mother attachment?
- The importance of communication between NICU staff and NICU parents
- How the trauma of a NICU stay can cause PTSD and negative social impacts
- What are the six primary needs of the NICU parent?
- What are four supportive behaviors of NICU professionals?
- Interdisciplinary guidelines for psychosocial support services for NICU parents
Speaker: Kelli Kelley
Resources mentioned in this podcast
- Preemie by Kasey Mathews
- Anticipatory grief, as described by Dr. Michael Hynan, NICU parent and Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Member of the Board of Directors of the National Perinatal Association
- Insecure infant-mother attachment, as described in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics
- PTSD study related to NICU parents, as conducted by Richard Shaw at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
- For the Love of Babies by Dr. Sue Hall, Master’s level Social Worker
- What Parents Can Do to Help Preemies
- National Perinatal Association
- Support 4 NICU Parents
- Journal of Perinatology
- Family Centered Care, as endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics
The NICU Heroes podcast was made possible through numerous individual donations and is produced by Hand to Hold, which is solely responsible for its content. Production assistance by Whitney Milam.