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Navigating the NICU When You Have Older Children at Home

Having a baby in the NICU is painful. There is a special, additional, layer of hell when you also have other children at home.

My daughter, Lorelei, had just turned five when her brother was born two months early. She lost her only child status in grand fashion.

There is no way to protect your older children from the situation completely, but there are ways to help them through. [Read more]

Blessed be the Tie that Binds: Supporting Family Bonding in the NICU

In an instant our family had doubled in size. Yet, it had never felt more fractured and disjoined. Each of our four children now existed as an island of one; protected yet separated from one another by hospital walls and incubator glass. [Read more]

The Importance of Hand Washing and Sibling Touch

Wednesday, October 15th is Global Handwashing Day. We hope you’ll enjoy these tips, as well as our pro-insights article later this month on the topic of hand washing. I saw the excitement in my daughters’ eyes as we entered the NICU for them to meet their sister, Lydia, for the first time. We filled out the […]

Where’s My Sister? Tips on Including Siblings in Your NICU Journey

I remember being so conflicted when my Haley was in the NICU.  She was our second child.  We were used to giving all of our attention to our son Jacob.    Now not only did we have two kids to love and care for, but they were in different locations.  Trying to learn how to divide […]

Balancing Time Between the NICU and Home

Three-year-olds have a way of accepting life as it is, not as how it should be.  They only know that things are the way they are.  They don’t have the capacity to think, “It wasn’t supposed to be like this” or “I wish it were different.”  They simply accept. My daughter was three years old […]