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to support families as they transition from NICU to Home
I'd like information about:
tracking NICU milestones - preparing to go home
feeding and nutrition
protecting baby from respiratory viruses
car seat safety
understanding baby's behavior
caring for our mental health
when to call the doctor or get emergency care *
When Can My Baby Leave the Hospital? from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
¿Cuándo estará mi bebé listo para dejar el hospital? de la Academia Americana de Pediatría (AAP)
Here are examples of tools used by NICU care teams to help families mark milestones, prepare for discharge, and the transition to pediatric care.
Providence Portland Medical Center
Train to Home by the National Health Service (NHS)
The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) created Baby Steps to Home to help standardize the discharge pathway and parent teaching that happens during the baby’s stay in the NICU.
Preparing to Go Home
Preparing My Home For My New Baby from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
¿Cómo preparar mi hogar para la llegada de mi bebé? de la Academia Americana de Pediatría (AAP)
Feeding and Nutrition
Every NICU family's feeding journey is unique. Help families understand their babies' needs and set goals that reflect their values and preferences.
Understanding Feeding Tubes from Children's Wisconsin
NOTE: In this video they talk about putting formula in the feeding tube. Families should know that tube feeding is for breast milk too.
Human milk is made for babies.
How Much Milk Your Baby Needs
How big is my baby's stomach?
How much is my baby getting?
How Should I Feed My Baby? from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
¿Cómo debo alimentar a mi bebé en casa? de la Academia Americana de Pediatría (AAP)
Bottle Feeding the
Breastfed Baby from WIC for Breastfeeding Support
Preparing and Storing Formula from Powder Using Scoops from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Preparing and Storing Formula from Powder Using Household Measurement from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Combination Feeding - Using human milk and formula
Sleep is essential to NICU babies' growth and development. Help families understand how to support safe sleep - and maybe even get some rest themselves.
We love these resources:
Safe Infant Sleep and Breastfeeding (Videos/Handout) from NIH: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
How to Do a Swaddled Bath
Videos like this one from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland are effective tools for teaching skills and reinforcing concepts.
Car Seat Safety
Understanding Baby's Behavior
DOWNLOAD My Mental Health Plan from the National Perinatal Association Perinatal Mental Health
INTERDISCIPLINARY RECOMMENDATIONS for
The Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents
The Recommendations cover six domains:
Connect with NPA's National Network of NICU Psychologists (NNNP) and DOWNLOAD these resources.
When to Get Help
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