Stronger and more vulnerable: A balanced view of the impacts of the NICU experience on parents

Annie Janvier, John Lantos, Judy Aschner, Keith Barrington, Beau Batton, Daniel Batton, Siri Fuglem Berg, Brian Carter, Deborah Campbell, Felicia Cohn, Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Dan Ellsbury, Avroy Fanaroff, Jonathan Fanaroff, Kristy Fanaroff, Sophie Gravel, Marlyse Haward, Stefan Kutzsche, Neil Marlow, Martha MontelloNathalie Maitre, Joshua T. Morris, Odd G. Paulsen, Trisha Prentice, Alan R. Spitzer

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Abstract

For parents, the experience of having an infant in the NICU is often psychologically traumatic. No parent can be fully prepared for the extreme stress and range of emotions of caring for a critically ill newborn. As health care providers familiar with the NICU, we thought that we understood the impact of the NICU on parents. But we were not prepared to see the children in our own families as NICU patients. Here are some of the lessons our NICU experience has taught us. We offer these lessons in the hope of helping health professionals consider a balanced view of the NICU's impact on families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20160655
JournalPediatrics
Volume138
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2016

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Janvier, A., Lantos, J., Aschner, J., Barrington, K., Batton, B., Batton, D., Berg, S. F., Carter, B., Campbell, D., Cohn, F., Lyerly, A. D., Ellsbury, D., Fanaroff, A., Fanaroff, J., Fanaroff, K., Gravel, S., Haward, M., Kutzsche, S., Marlow, N., ... Spitzer, A. R. (2016). Stronger and more vulnerable: A balanced view of the impacts of the NICU experience on parents. Pediatrics, 138(3), [e20160655]. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-0655