By Melissa Lawlor, CNM, IBCLC, Robin’s Nest Midwifery PLLC
Photos: Courtesy of Melissa Lawlor
Scrubbing your hands at the industrialized metal sink with astringent hospital-grade soap, you glance around the room, taking in the sights and sounds of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). There are plastic incubators holding the sickest of the sick, wires and tubes, IV bags, dimmed lights, drawn curtains, hushed voices and the constant beeping of monitors. Physicians and nurses walk around competently providing care for the most fragile of human beings—the premature babies of the NICU.
Being a mother with a baby in the NICU is not something that is envisioned. And yet, according to the World Health Organization, one out of 10 babies are born prematurely, before 37 weeks’ gestation.
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