Some thoughts on parental stress in the NICU by a Dad of triplets, Nate Jorgenson. Worth a read!
It doesn’t seem so bad at first. It is even a little exciting.
Bright displays of kid-friendly art, bleached-clean surroundings, and the constant attention of doctors make you feel, in a way, like the star of the show.
That feeling quickly fades. It certainly is not there after a month or even a week.
I do not think humans were not meant to spend 151 days in a hospital. First-time parents are certainly not evolved to the point of being able to cope with this in a healthy way.
Every year in the United States, 500,000 babies are admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (or NICU). Parents of these babies are thrown into an environment described as science fiction and full of stress, trauma, and confusion.
My experience as a NICU parent of triplets born at 25-weeks gestation represents these emotions.
It is not the gravity of the life or death…
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