New hospital rules have separated some parents from their newborns in the NICU, but they're finding ways to stay connected.
At the birth of their child, most parents would be elated. My mom and dad were terrified. I weighed two pounds and two ounces. My parents were shocked and confused. They didn't know babies could survive and develop well having been so small at birth. As it turns out, I was full of surprises.
Your pregnancy is ticking along, but all of a sudden you find yourself delivering your baby (or babies) early. Having a premature or sick baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, makes for an uncertain time as you and your family face a range of emotions. As an NICU nurse, my role is both holistic and family-centred, ensuring best outcomes for your baby while establishing a trusting partnership with parents and families.
Most parents of preemies well remember the bewildering first few weeks where everything was still so unfamiliar. The nurses put you at ease, explaining everything patiently multiple times. You see the love and care in every action. They are heroes, simply put.
We are going to trial Monday October 21, 2013 at San Francisco Superior Court. It's a David vs. Goliath story. Lady Justice is blind and I have Cortical Visual Impairment, but I believe everyone will see that what really happened to me has now been uncovered and the truth was not shared with Mommy and Daddy by those who knew at the time.