Friday, April 5, 2013

what you need to know when your baby comes home from the NICU {Life After the NICU}

It’s Five Minute Friday!* Where a group of us join together for five minutes of writing without worrying about if it’s just right or not, hosted by the lovely Lisa-Jo.
For today's Five Minute Friday I'm doing something a bit differently than my usual five minute writing exercise.  I'm using the five minutes to share about a wonderful resource since that is what first popped into my mind after reading today's prompt

Today's Prompt:  AFTER


 It only takes a simple observation of watching Cami climb the steps to her school bus to trigger memories of her days in the NICU, reminding me of exactly how far she has come.  

We had no idea that the day we brought her home from the hospital was also the day we embarked on a different, longer path 

We we're leaving behind the before and entering the after.

Because the NICU journey doesn't end on discharge day.*

Life after NICU

 Life After NICU was founded in October 2011, by moms whose children were hospitalized at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Illinois.  Their site states that, "Life after NICU is a support group for parents at all stages of the NICU experience, from pre-delivery until long after heading home. Our site and online forum provide parents with a safe space in which to share personal stories, ask questions, find resources and information, and process emotions about their experience. We want others to know that they are not alone, and that they will get through it."*

I wish that there had been such a resources around when we brought Cami home at the end of 2004 but I'm glad it's available for other NICU parents to utilize today.

Whether you're a NICU parent yourself or know someone who is I hope you'll pass on this helpful resource.  Life After NICU would love for you to help spread the word about Life after NICU (support group) by repinning this picture. Their desire is to find more members of the NICU "club" to help them know that they are not alone. 

Go HERE to repin picture.

Your Journey:   Are you a NICU parent?  If so, what resources did you find most helpful after you brought your baby home from the hospital?  I'd love to hear what you have to share!

*quoted from the Life After NICU website


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