Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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If your babies are born before 37 weeks, chances are they’ll spend at least some time in the NICU where they’ll receive 24-hour care. If you’ve delivered via Caesarean, you may not be able to see them for the first day, which can be very distressing for you. If you can and if the doctors will allow, ask your husband to visit them and take photos and videos so you can at least see how they’re doing.

Entering a neonatal unit can be a daunting experience, and even a total shock, if you haven’t been before. If your hospital will let you, see if you can arrange to have a very quick visit prior to delivery, especially if you know you’ll be delivering early.

Having premature or sick babies is sure to be a traumatic experience for you but try to remember the staff in NICU know you’re under tremendous emotional pressure, and they’re there to help you as well as take care of your babies. They will do everything they can to support you and make the experience as bearable as possible for you.

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