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The birth of a premature or sick newborn can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience for your family. You might be coming to terms with your baby’s birth, or be feeling powerless or anxious that your role as a parent has been diminished, while medical professionals provide the majority of care. You may even struggle with bonding in such a foreign and intense environment.

Most parents feel a little nervous or apprehensive when caring for their new baby, even when they are born healthy at full-term, but after the birth of a premature or sick newborn these anxious feelings may be intensified.

At first, you may be hesitant to get involved in your baby’s care due to their size or medical condition; however, you can both benefit immensely from contact and bonding.

Try not to feel rushed or pressured to participate in your baby’s care. Do things in your own time and talk to your baby's nurse about ways in which you can participate. Your baby's nurses can show you ways to care for your baby, which might include changing their nappies, cleaning their mouth or choosing their clean clothes. Staff are there to not only care for your baby, but also to answer your questions and help you build your confidence.

"I was too scared to touch my baby, I sat there looking at him through the humidicrib for two days before I could muster up the courage to touch him." – Naomi Rohr, mum to Caden born at 29+2 weeks and Eli born at 25+4 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].