Expecting and welcoming a new life into the world is an exciting time. Planning for and celebrating this new baby, or babies, should be the focus of all parents-to-be. But for parents and families that learn their newborn(s) need intensive care, starting life in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is unimaginable.
Newborn babies are admitted to a NICU because of health concerns, preterm delivery, and/or complications that occur during labor and delivery. Within a NICU, teams of experts provide 24-7-365 care for each patient. For parents and caregivers, whether they have previous knowledge about health care or not, this can be an alarming, intimidating, and overwhelming experience.
Through this session, we will introduce reliable resources available to parents, caregivers, family members, and friends that can assist them with navigating their NICU journey.
Presenter: Jessica Daly, MLS
Book List: (suggestions)
French, K. & French, T. (2016). Juniper: The girl who was born too soon. Little, Brown Spark.
Jaeckel, J. (2016). Spot 12: Five months in the Neonatal ICU. Raincloud Press.
Zaichkin, J., Weiner, G. M., Loren, D. (Eds.). (2017). Understanding the NICU: What parents of preemies and other hospitalized newborns need to know. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics.