Support Groups

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Support Groups
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Mon, 10-29-2012 - 2:32pm

Did you and/or your spouse attend a support group when your baby was in the NICU?  How about after?  Did you benefit from talking to others who knew exactly what you were going through?

I read this article today and thought it was really thought provoking.  It sounds like a support group really helped this new dad.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/29/nicu-dads_n_2005101.html?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents

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Registered: 04-26-2005
Sat, 11-10-2012 - 5:31pm
Lisa - "There's certain things- like the feeling of being discharged from the hospital but having to leave your baby there- that only other NICU parents would understand| Absolutley! My first experience with the NICU was when my friend's baby was born at 32 weeks. The before she was to be discharged we (her husband, family and friends) were moving them into their brand new house. The day of her discharge we (3 of us girls) went to the hospital to take her home. I was the one to take her into the NICU to say good bye to her tiny baby. I still remember how bably she was crying leaving him behind. I did not understand her emotional pain as I was not a mom. Little did I know that 6 years later my son would be in the same NICU. My friend understood and was so supportive.
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Registered: 09-30-2011
Wed, 11-07-2012 - 6:48pm

My oldest son was "only" in the NICU for a week but it really is a "whole other world". I think the idea of a support group for NICU parents is fantastic. There's certain things- like  the feeling of being discharged from the hospital but having to leave your baby there- that only other NICU parents would understand.

Lisa 

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 11-07-2012 - 9:42am

My grandaughter spent more than 120 days in the NICU after being born 16 weeks premature. The first few weeks were a horrible nightmare for her parents and both sets of grandparents. At first we all spent every minute we could in the hospital, then we slowly settled into a routine and took turns staying with her. The other parents/grandparents with children in there were invaluable to us. Their stories of hope and survival kept us going. With every setback, it seemed like someone had experience and would help comfort us through it. By the end of my granddaughter's stay, we were able to help comfort and guide the newcomers. Being around others who had been-there-done-that was a huge benefit to us. 

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