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{FB Chat} Impact of the NICU on Relationships – Learning Healthy Communication Tools

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Traumatic events or prolonged periods of stress can wreak havoc on a marriage, and sometimes they can even lead to divorce. Navigating the NICU is difficult and men and women grieve differently, so it is essential to a relationship that you have the tools necessary to effectively communicate your feelings and stresses to your loved ones. Even after the NICU, life can be stressful as you adapt to the changes in your family, but there is hope. Dr. Stuart’s professional insight will help you feel more confident in yourself and open the lines of communication with your loved ones.

Jennifer Beatty About Jennifer Beatty

Jennifer Beatty (TX) is the mother of two active boys born early and a social worker employed by Hand to Hold. With her first son, she delivered at 36 weeks and experienced a brief overnight stay in the NICU for blood sugar issues. After fertility issues with her second pregnancy, Jennifer was devastated to have an emergency delivery at 30 weeks due to severe pre-eclampsia. Though her younger son only weighed 2 pounds 9 ounces at birth, he came home after 45 days in the NICU at just over 5 pounds and is a strong and healthy preschooler.

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