Having a preterm baby can be scary, but there are many things you can do to help your baby. More in week 33.
Preterm labor can be scary and so can be giving birth to a premature infant who needs to go to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for specialized medical care. If you find yourself in this situation, know that is normal to feel completely stressed out and out of control. A few things can help in this scenario: finding other parents who’ve been in your shoes, establishing open lines of communication with your baby’s doctors and nurses, and asking for (and accepting!) help wherever you need it. Know that things like skin-to-skin and breastfeeding can absolutely be done when your baby is in the NICU, and have actually been shown to get your baby healthier more quickly.
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Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020