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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

What It's Like Having a Baby in the NICU

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

I had imagined leaving the hospital with my first baby the way every new mom seems to -- pushed to my car, in a wheelchair, with a sleepy baby nestled in my arms and my husband by side fumbling with our never-before-used car seat. Instead, my husband and I left alone.

Survival Tips For A New NICU Nurse

AWHONN | Posted 07.29.2015 | Healthy Living

I still recall my first job. I felt like an impostor in my uniform. I didn't feel like a nurse because in my mind a nurse was someone who could start an IV blindfolded, resuscitate a patient while sleeping, and recognize all the signs and symptoms of septic shock at the drop of a hat.

Good Grief: Acknowledging Love and Loss in the NICU

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 07.14.2015 | HuffPost Home
Jodi Dolezel

Babies and their families have their own stories. As NICU nurses, these stories are our stories too. They are our forever stories that are etched in our memory and have chipped away at our hearts, sometimes leaving a mark so profound that we are changed forever.

A Glimpse Into the Life and Love of Neonatal Nursing

Jodi Dolezel | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jodi Dolezel

To love beyond the walls, to cry behind closed doors, and to rise above the unpredictable moments to create lasting and meaningful memories. To believe. To breathe. And to find the courage and strength to do it all again tomorrow.

An Open Letter To Preemie Parents From A Micro Preemie Mom

Jennifer Degl | Posted 04.26.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

There are few things as upsetting as not being able to take your baby home from the hospital after birth, and there is nothing worse than watching your baby suffer through medical interventions in a hospital.

There's No Strong like Preemie Strong

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

What is it like to be a preemie? What is it like to be alone in a plastic box for days, weeks or even months, when developmentally, you're still supposed to be engulfed in your mother's warmth? What is it like to be forced to breathe, eat and live when your body is not physically ready?

To The Woman In The NICU Lactation Room

Carissa K | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

While I never spoke to you or even met your eyes, I think of you often. Your presence is now a concrete part of a significant and sacred memory.

The Thing No One Ever Told Me About Having A Preemie

Jessica Bensten | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

I felt like a failure. I'd had two children; the first got cancer and now the second one was probably going to die because I couldn't hold up my end of the bargain. I'd brought our whole family back into the world of sickness and worry. The guilt was all-encompassing.

What I Really Want To Say When You Ask Why My Son's Hair Is Long

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Before you judge the mother of a little boy with long hair, take a step back and consider the bigger picture. What has this family been through? What has this little boy been through?

Dear NICU Nurse

Heather Hucks | Posted 11.15.2013 | Parents
Heather Hucks

I didn't know that you would be the one to hold and rock my baby when I wasn't there. I didn't know you. I didn't know how intertwined our lives would become. I know you now. I'll never be able to think of my child's life without thinking of you.

On The Wings Of A Nightingale

Mike Spohr | Posted 08.05.2013 | Parents
Mike Spohr

It was only as I left the PICU that I felt humanity. There, sitting on a chair with a single tear rolling down her cheek, was my nurse. Her tear told me that she cared.

52 Days In NICU

good men project | Posted 10.29.2012 | Parents

By Mark Brislin, originally published on Papas of Preemies, republished for The Good Men Project It was around day 16 of my son’s 52 day stay in ...

It's the 'Life' in End-of-Life That Matters

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Aaron E. Carroll

I was on rotation, and a couple came in after a botched attempt at a home delivery. One by one, the baby's systems shut down. As instructed, I just kept adding stuff to keep him alive. Nothing was working. I was 26, depressed, and started to cry.