A new report shines a spotlight on neonatal intensive care from the vantage point of anxious moms and dads.

By Apryl King | Posted: April 27, 2017

The well-being of parents plays a crucial role in the care and survival of
premature infants.

These babies face an uncertain future, as the first weeks and even months
of their lives are spent in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The anxiety resulting from preterm births puts parents at risk for
developing PTSD, postpartum depression and other mental health disorders.
Addressing these vulnerabilities is the goal of a special report,

Untangling the Mixed Messages of the NICU: Parents’ Perspectives


The report from Inspire draws on
data from a survey of 200 parents of premature infants. International
patient advocate and report author Deb Discenza coupled those numbers with
parent insights to highlight the realities that families experience during
this critical time.

Challenges include:

  • Difficulties in producing and pumping breast milk
  • The need for emotional support and other resources
  • Concerns surrounding discharge from the hospital and transition to the
    home environment
  • Preparing for and coping with mortality

Focusing on the unique needs faced by the parents of preemies is one way
hospitals can improve care in the NICU.