After having a baby in NICU for 54 days, I wanted to share some helpful hints to get you through the long hospital stays! First, everyone offers to help – take them up on it!! Let them help you run errands, mow your grass, cook a meal for you……..whatever you need help with! This was hard for me – but I know I would do the same for them so….let them help! Friends and family care and want to do what they can – they also want updates on how your baby is doing. We would leave messages on our voicemail just saying “thanks for calling and checking on us – today’s update is that he is now drinking 5 oz and weighs 4 pounds! “ There are also websites like Caringbridge and Careflash that will allow you to give updates electronically! This will save you so much time on returning calls – because now you don’t have to! You will most likely be eating on the run A LOT – so when friends and family ask what you need – ask for gift cards to fast food restaurants!! You will also be doing a lot of sitting – so be prepared with books, magazines, electronics, a journal (great way to document your journey through NICU)! Hope these few hints are helpful for you!
Dena Day, Program Director, Infant Program, Easter Seals