For many parents, having a baby in the NICU is a time of uncertainty and anxiety. We encourage you to learn as much about your baby’s care and the NICU itself as you can. You will be better able to help your baby and relieve some of the stress you are likely to experience.
You are a crucial part of your baby’s care. If you have questions, talk to the neonatologists or the nurses. The nurses are at your baby’s side for much of the day, so they can give you frequent updates. In addition, we encourage you to discuss your baby’s overall plan of care with the neonatologist, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant or resident. They have all the information about your baby’s medical condition and can talk to you about the “big picture.