Premature Infant - Taking Care of Yourselves
premature infant is moved to the neonatal intensive
care unit (NICU), you may become overwhelmed with new emotions and information.
You and your loved ones may handle issues and feelings differently, and it may
create a strain on your relationships.
Thinking of yourself and your relationships may
not be easy when you are under a lot of stress. But your child or children
depend on you to be physically and emotionally able to care for them.
Take a quiet moment and focus on yourself. Ask yourself, "How am I doing?
What do I need right now?" Try to take time to get enough rest, food,
exercise, and fresh air and sunlight. Do you have someone you can talk to: a
partner, friend, parent, spiritual advisor, or counselor? If any of these basic
needs aren't being met, make them a top priority.