Parenting in the NICU - a quick look

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Learning about the NICU and ways of helping and bonding with your preemie can help you manage some of the stress and uncertainty associated with a preterm birth.


Finding special ways to connect & understand preterm birth

The joy of childbirth is often short-lived for parents of preterm babies. Isolation from your newborn, extended hospital stays, and the uncertainty associated with medical procedures, takes a massive emotional and physical toll. This section has been created to help you navigate your way through some tough times. It covers everything from family-centred care, tips on how to bond with your preemie, helping out in the NICU, what to bring, to learning to read your prem's body language


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Advantages of Breastfeeding

Research has informed us of the many benefits of breastfeeding. Here you'll find a list of the most commonly accepted advantages to breastfeeding your baby.

Scientific evidence shows that breastfeeding infants provides important benefits, both for baby and mother.

Advantages of Breast Feeding

You should speak with your pediatrician or neonatal nurse for advice and assistance about breastfeeding.

Advantage Description
Balance of fat and protein Human milk is higher in fat & lower in protein than the milk of other mammals
Although we usually think of fats as “bad” the fat in breast milk is very important for brain and eye development
Nutritional Breast-feeding means it is unnecessary to add other foods to her infant’s diet until the baby is 6 months old
The iron in human breast milk, unlike other mammals, is much more easily absorbed by the baby’s system
Infants who are bottle-fed require iron-fortified formula
Protection against disease Breast- feeding allows antibodies and other infection-fighting agents to be transferred from the mother to a child
Breast-fed babies have far fewer respiratory and intestinal illnesses and allergic reactions than do bottle-fed infants
Some formulas contain most of the components of human milk that protect against disease, but breast-feeding provides superior immunity
Protection against faulty jaw development and tooth decay Breast feeding helps prevent malocclusion, a condition in which the upper and lower jaws do not meet properly
Breast-feeding protects against tooth decay
Digestibility Breast-fed babies have a bacteria that grows in their intestines that means they rarely become constipated or have diarrhoea (this is not the case for formula-fed babies)
Smoother transition to solid foods Breast-fed infants accept new solid foods more easily than do bottle-fed infants
(Bruerd & Jones, 1996, Pickering et al., 1998; Räihä & Axelsson, 1995; Sullivan & Birch, 1994)



AlbertEinstein_iconOne of the greatest minds in history, Albert Einstein was born preterm.

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Preemie, Premmie, or Prem?

Most babies spend between 38 and 42 weeks in their mother’s uterus. So, technically a preterm birth, preemie, premmie, or prem, is an infant who is born less than 37 completed gestational weeks. 

Read More: Defining Preterm birth



New Release - Preemie Development

All in one easy to read eguide

‘The complete preemie guide to: ‘Preemie development’ is the must have guide to the NICU for new preemie parents.

With an easy-to-read layout this comprehensive guide is over 130 pages of important information about the NICU and your preemie.

Using Adobe’s .pdf format makes the guide usable across a wide range of platforms from ipad to PC, smartphone to macbook.

Packed with extra features like progress charts, NICU checklists and plenty of others. ‘The preemie guide’ is a must for any new parents.