This guide was created by the Connections Program for High-Risk Infants and Families to provide resources to NICU nurses to help them support families during their NICU stay. Through focus groups with parents and nurses, we identified helpful resources and specific activities that can be completed in the NICU at various phases of the baby’s care to promote attachment and confidence in their parenting role.
Parents in our focus groups said that they would like to get a welcome and orientation to the NICU including what they can expect to see, what their days might look like (typical cares schedules, doctor’s schedules, etc.), and hear some normalizing language around what they might be experiencing.
Caregivers frequently experience the following feelings in the NICU: