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10 Things to Expect in the NICU

        Lifestyle | Babies

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An Emotional Roller Coaster
A baby in the Premature Unit at La Paz Hospital in Madrid
A baby in the Premature Unit at La Paz Hospital in Madrid
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Some parents with babies in the NICU have described the experience as riding a roller coaster. A baby might have a triumph one day and then a setback the next, which means you can go from happy to scared, angry or upset in a very short time.

Family members and friends will want to support you, so tell them what you need. Hospitals have chaplains who are there to listen, or you may feel more comfortable talking with your own minister, pastor, priest or rabbi. You might also consider joining a NICU support group if there's one available, or just get to know other parents of NICU babies who know what you're going through. Remember to take care of yourself, so you can be there for your baby when you're needed.


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