Why Every Baby Deserves Optimal Care In The NICU

by, Tracy Whitman, RN

Premature babies depend on us as nurses and parents to be their advocates, their protectors, and most importantly their voices.  Their development in the NICU should mimic as closely as possible the uterine environment.  As new parents of NICU babies, it is often hard to understand this concept, and that is when the NICU nurse is your best resource for education about your new baby.  Continue reading

Auditory, Tactile, Visual & Vestibular Intervention to Reduce NICU Stress

by, Rosemary C. White-Traut, PhD, RN, FAAN

Having your new baby spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can be extremely stressful for both you and your baby. The bright lights, the random nature of nonhuman sounds such as beeps or monitors, and medical procedures can all create an uneasy or stressful environment.

This is concerning because stress can influence your baby’s brain development and how parents  interact with their babies. However, there are ways to help reduce the long-term effect of these stressors.

There are several things you can do as parents to help reduce NICU environmental stressors. Ask your nurse for help with these suggestions. Continue reading

Nurses’ Critical Role in Preventing Infant Sleep-Related Deaths: A Call to Action

by, Sharon C. Hitchcock

Did you know most infant sleep-related deaths are considered preventable? This is good news worth sharing! Because most babies are born in a hospital or birthing center, nurses are uniquely positioned to interact with virtually every new parent. This means nurses play a critical role in helping prevent these deaths. We know that parents trust us (we are the most trusted profession!), watch us, and listen to us. We have a responsibility to make sure we give parents safe sleep recommendations along with the evidence behind them. We have a responsibility to problem-solve with parents about accomplishing safe sleep situations, all while simultaneously respecting their right to decide what is best for their family. The bad news is too many babies are still dying. October is SIDS Awareness month and a perfect time for nurses to spread the good news and advocate for our smallest patients! Continue reading