Babygaga: 8 Ways To Support A Mom With A Baby In NICU
By Katrina Butcher
Most moms don’t expect that when they give birth, their new bundle of joy will be admitted into the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), so having extra support is essential to those who go through this hard time. The NICU can feel like an intimidating place for parents because there’s a lot they need to know about NICUs.
For those who know a mom with a baby in the NICU, it’s important to find ways to support her, whether this is her first child or fourth child.
Having to prepare a meal at the end of the day is the last thing to cross a mom’s mind while she’s in the NICU all day with her little one. She has a million other things going on in her life that need to come first, so preparing a meal for her and her family is a great way to help.
According to Children’s Mercy, make a home-cooked meal for mom and her family so they don’t have to eat hospital food over and over. If cooking isn’t your specialty, provide gift certificates to restaurants near the hospital or get it to-go for them.
It’s not just mom and baby going through the struggles of the NICU. Mom’s partner and the little one’s siblings are also experiencing challenges. Reach out to her partner to let them know you’re thinking about them, mentions Children’s Mercy.
Additionally, if siblings are involved, you can make them a small care package, too, with items like coloring books, markers, and other small, but fun things. After all, it can be hard on parents trying to figure out life with a new baby, and how to give older siblings attention as well.
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Learn more about supporting a friend with a baby in the NICU.