NICU parents are encouraged to practice self-care, but moms and dads deprived of sleep, under extreme stress, and often dehydrated or poorly nourished tend to shrug off these well-meaning reminders. It’s helpful to consider subconscious factors that create obstacles to effective self-care and why some people may be resistant to the practice.
We are thrilled to welcome local family health advocate and outdoor enthusiast Hike It Baby as an official NICU Families Northwest Community Partner.
Local family health advocate and outdoor enthusiast Hike It Baby recruited our Founder, Anna David, to write a guest blog post featuring tips for NICU Families to make getting outside a fun and successful experience.
“Eight times a day,” she said, or roughly every three hours. My days and nights were already divided into three to four hour chunks so I could medicate for the pain of my emergency c-section.
The experience of having a child is hard on you: mind, body, and soul. The experience of having a child in the NICU adds another dimension that is hard for non-NICU people to understand, and you may find you need some help to cope or process the experience.