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.
After my son was born, I was eager to be outside, but all the talk of germs from even a common cold and my fears of RSV had me paranoid about exposing him to any risk. I was also a first time mom and nervous about trying to go anywhere with my new baby. Now, my NICU babies love the outdoors, and I believe getting them outside early helped foster their curiosity, sense of adventure, and enthusiasm for all the seasons of the Pacific Northwest.
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.