Post # 1
Hi Moms/New Moms of the hive!
I’ve been around on the nesting boards but am not yet TTC…
My good friend just had her baby boy last night and there were some complications. Their baby boy has pnemonia and will be in the “special care unit” (I presume this is similiar to NICU) for a week. My questions I was hoping you all can help me with are:
1) Do people usually visit new parents in the hospital when complications occur that require the baby to spend some time in the NICU?
2) Does the new mom usually stay in the hospital with the baby while he is there? Or will she be discharged as normal (I think 3 days since she had a C section)?
3) Any ideas for special things I can do for the parents?
Obviously I dont want to push myself on them so I wanted to reach out to you all for ideas on how to help them out during this time. I already have frozen meals I had planned to take over to their home when they bring him home (my standard “gift” to new parents) but I just wondering if you ladies had any ideas for something extra I could do given the situation? Take them awesome take out to the hospital? Take her some magazines?
Any ideas/thoughts much appreciated! 🙂
Post # 3
I’m sorry to hear about the complications. The SCU (special care unit) is sort of like a stepdown unit from the NICU.
1. I would just ask the parents if they would like visitors. My friend did, and I got to visit the babies (twins) in the NICU. But if they don’t, I’d just check in frequently via phone/text to just let them know that you’re there for them
2.Mom will be discharged when she is medically stable to be discharged, even if the baby is still requiring hospitalization. But of course she’ll be able to visit the baby every day in the hospital, it depends on the hospitals visiting policy about overnight visits.
3. I think the frozen casseroles are still a great idea!! And if the parents are up for it, I’m sure some awesome takeout at the hospital would be appreciated. Cafeteria food is always a little less than desirable. I know my friend was so stressed in the hospital after her twins were born that she didn’t eat a lot, so I think bringing any sort of her favorite foods would be appreciated. Just check with her, if she’s pumping breastmilk for the baby if there are any foods she needs to avoid.
I think you’re being a great friend by wanting to take care of her and I hope baby gets out of the hospital soon!!
Post # 4
@Kalamaz17: Thanks for the input! You re-affirmed what I was thinking! 🙂