Supporting Parents of Preemies and Babies Discharged from
the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Common parent concerns:
- Is my baby getting enough to eat?
- What do I do if my baby will not wake up for feedings?
- What do I do if my baby is fussy and crying all the time?
- How can I support my babies development?
- What do I need to do to keep my baby from getting sick and going back to the hospital?
- How can I talk with other parents who have questions and concerns like I have?
We know that all parents have questions when they first come home with their baby. We also know that parents of preemies and or babies with medical or health concerns have many more – whether their baby was hospitalized for several months or just a few days. We also know that parents have many questions during the first months and even years of their child’s life.
Because every baby is unique and special and families come from many different backgrounds, we believe that one type of approach does not work for everyone. We believe that when parents have specific information about their baby, they know what works best for their own child.
Our goal is to provide parent support and information and to help parents connect with knowledgeable health care professionals as well as community resources.