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What NICU Nurses Want NICU Parents to Know

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What NICU Nurses Want NICU Parents to Know

Our Liam was born on January 4, 2018 at 34 weeks and 5 days gestation after a two week hospital stay for mama! Because of all of the complications we faced in pregnancy and his age, Liam was guaranteed a stay in the NICU. We spent 12 days in the NICU and while we were there, I spent some time getting to know each of his nurses.

Each nurse had a ton of advice for NICU parents. As a second time NICU mom and mother of four now, I felt pretty experienced this time around, but our NICU Nurses had a lot of advice for NICU parents to know that was helpful to hear even with my decade of being a mommy under my belt.

Top Things NICU Nurses Want NICU Parents to Know:

1. “Have a voice and make it heard.”

2. “Breastfeed breastfeed breastfeed. We have seen miracles happen when moms advocate for breastfeeding their babies.”

3. “Say yes to donor milk before your milk comes in. Many premature babies guts aren’t designed to take formula so early.”

4. “Trust your instinct.”

5. “You are the most important medicine for your child. Even if it’s the touch of your hand on their cheek. We cannot touch them with our bare skin only you can. They desperately need skin to skin.”

6. “You are your child’s greatest advocate. Ask questions. Get answers. Ask more questions. Be there for doctors rounds. Be heard.”

7. “Don’t try to do it all. Take care of yourself too. You’ve been through the ringer with this experience and you need to stop and make sure you are taking care of you.”

8. “A tired, hungry momma can lead to a lot less breastmilk production. Stay hydrated and eat eat eat!”

9. “Take a break, take a nap, or take a shower. Try to find a rhythm and make a schedule for you for being in this environment.”

10. “Ask for help. What you are doing here is hard. It is emotionally and physically draining to be on the edge of your chair all night when monitors are going off and nurses are running around. Find someone to talk to and ask for help. You can’t carry this all alone.”

Doctor – “We do everything we can and make a huge fuss about a lot of things, but when you boil it down…babies tend to survive.”

What nicu nurses want nicu parents to know Liam's diploma #nicugraduate

Here are a few snapshots from our NICU stay! Our #LastJedi was such a trooper and defied all the odds and outperformed all of the goals that his Neonatologists set for him in order to get out of the NICU! 

14 thoughts on “What NICU Nurses Want NICU Parents to Know”

    • That’s awesome!! Nicu nurses hold a special place in our heart! I spent a week after I was discharged with my little guy in the NICU and the nurses work so hard to take care of these super tiny patients! It’s truly amazing what they do and how they keep these little miracles alive!

  • Your son is precious! My niece was a NICU baby. I’ll never forget going in to see her. I had 5 babies full term and never had to deal with the stress of a NICU. But my sister did…and this article was very well done.

  • Number 3 was surprising! I didn’t realize that was an option! It’s so nice to know that we have so much support when we are at the hospital. Giving birth is such a nerve wracking experience but my nurses got me through it!

  • I love this list. My daughter was born on Valentine’s Day of last year at 31 weeks. We spent 47 days in the NICU. There is so much to learn and so many ways to help your baby. <3 He is beautiful!

  • This is such a wonderful help for anyone going through this! I was so fortunate that both of my babies came on time and were born without incident so I can’t even imagine what it’s like to have a preemie. I can only imagine I would be clueless as to most of what you covered in your list!

  • AMEN TO ALL OF THESE THINGS!!! We were in the NICU for 6 weeks and I can say I did almost all of these things!! Those NICU nurses are my angels!

  • Great advice for those in this position! And I must say, as a mother of a 9 year old girl with a bleeding disorder, I can also relate to how important it is to have a voice, trust my instinct and be my child’s advocate.

  • I love this advice. Those early years are so hard for parents. I was the mom who tried to do everything and be the supermom I felt I should be. Little did I know I was only hurting myself and ability to be an effective mom. This is great advice for all those new moms!

  • Nurses really are amazing! Right after giving birth there are so many emotions and decisions and the weight can feel enormous. This is great advice!

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