A couple of weeks before I gave birth to Kinley, I found out that my friend Jenna had just given birth at 25 weeks. I prayed for her everyday and had a hard time imagining what she was going through. I have asked her if she would do a guest post on her journey through the NICU, as well as the best ways to support someone going through this experience:
I was extremely excited for my 24-week appointment. After experiencing two ectopic pregnancies, one resulting in surgery, then facing a scare with unexpected antibodies, a specialist finally confirmed we were over the hump. She cleared me to finish out my pregnancy with my regular doctor. I was almost skipping while going visit my OB-GYN that morning.
- The same goes for when the baby has finally come home. I knew multiple families that after celebrating their baby’s graduation from the NICU, found themselves back at the hospital the following week. Most parents will still have their baby in a lock-down mode until they feel comfortable introducing them to more people. Continue to support their efforts. Remember they went through a large ordeal to bring their child home and are only trying to avoid further risks.