Life After NICU

At last, you have been given the green light to take your baby home. Obviously it is an exciting time, but alongside the relief of finally leaving the NICU, it can also be quite a daunting experience as you will now have sole responsibility for your baby’s care. You may be feeling a range of different emotions and realise that leaving hospital brings new challenges in caring for your baby.

One of the biggest hurdles that parents face is being able to transition from being in a situation with 24-hour hospital care to providing the 24-hour care needed at home. You may be nervous leaving the care and guidance of the doctors and nurses who cared for your baby, and at times it can be a little overwhelming taking on full responsibility for all of your baby’s needs.

The NICU journey is extremely demanding and it is common for parents to feel emotionally and physically depleted. When your baby is discharged from the hospital, the constant demands of caring for your newborn and lack of sleep can be exacerbated, but it is important to look after yourself.

Remember that it is okay for you to ask for help from your family, friends or health care providers if you feel like you are overwhelmed or struggling to cope. Health professionals such as your paediatrician, GP or family health nurse will be willing to give any help or support you need and of course feel free to ring our parent support line any time should you need help on 1300 MBABIES (24 hours a day)

We have included some extra resources relating to life after NICU and hope that they continue to provide support as your miracle baby grows.

"When Amiyah was born at 25 weeks, she weighed just 566 grams and her doctors gave her a 30% chance of survival. Thirteen weeks later, she weighed 2.2kg and finally got to come home with us on an apnea monitor. I was scared – she was tiny and rarely cried like a typical baby, much less acted like a three-month-old. It’s nerve-racking at times being a mum to a premmie baby, but I thank God that she is here." 

– Carmela, mum to Amiyah born at 25 weeks
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