Coming to Terms with What's Happened

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Coping with having a premature or sick newborn can be very difficult. It is common for parents to feel a range of complex emotions and each person will handle the crisis in their own unique way.

“The NICU was an onslaught of flashing lights, alarming machines, indecipherable language and living minute by minute. Simply surviving the war zone of NICU and its inconceivable highs and lows required all the obtainable support to keep me standing” NICU mum.

At different times you may experience a combination of powerful feelings, such as; fear, love, guilt, elation, anxiety, joy, isolation, pride, sadness, anger, confusion, numbness, disappointment.

Be assured that these are all natural responses to what is a very emotional and stressful time in your life. It is normal to grieve the loss of your dream of a normal pregnancy and all the experiences you were anticipating.

"The first time I saw Ruby, I was overcome with emotion and bawled my eyes out - actually, I did that for the first few days until I got used to not being able to touch her. The nurses were great and very open to answering any questions I asked." - Mandy, Miracle Mum to Ruby born at 27+6 weeks

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Disclaimer: This publication by Miracle Babies Foundation is intended solely for general education and assistance and it is it is not medical advice or a healthcare recommendation. It should not be used for the purpose of medical diagnosis or treatment for any individual condition. This publication has been developed by our Parent Advisory Team (all who are parents of premature and sick babies) and has been reviewed and approved by a Clinical Advisory Team. This publication is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Miracle Babies Foundation recommends that professional medical advice and services be sought out from a qualified healthcare provider familiar with your personal circumstances.To the extent permitted by law, Miracle Babies Foundation excludes and disclaims any liability of any kind (directly or indirectly arising) to any reader of this publication who acts or does not act in reliance wholly or partly on the content of this general publication. If you would like to provide any feedback on the information please email [email protected].