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Having a Baby in the NICU

 

 What happens when your baby ends up in the NICU after delivery, and you don't expect it?  So many questions come to mind!  Will my baby be okay?  How often should I visit my baby in the NICU? Will I be able to breastfeed my baby in the NICU?  How do I know my baby is okay? 

 

Dr. Jasmina and I both had babies that ended up being in the NICU after our labour and delivery experience, and neither of us expected it! In this podcast we discuss our birth story, and why our babies ended up spending time in the NICU. 

 

We review our top tips about how to improve communication with your child's care team including nurses, physicians and social workers, and how to ensure you can be involved in your baby's care as much as you are comfortable with. 

 

We discuss our top tips on how to make sure your milk supply is adequate and so you can supply your baby with their nutritional needs, even if you can't breastfeed your newborn...yet. 

 

We also review how to care for yourself and the rest of your family during this time.  It is a challenging time and taking time to incorporate your needs is even more important during these times, as these stressors can increase your risk for postpartum depression and mood disorders. 

 

We hope you can learn some tips from the podcast, that will make this journey easier if you have to go through it!  We did not expect this to be the start of our parenting journey...but hopefully, our experiences can help make yours a little easier...if you end up in the same situation! 

 

 

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