For those who have never experienced the NICU, how do you describe to them what lies behind those solid double doors? How do you explain the wealth of sensory input, the sterilized smells and alarms reverberating throughout the halls? How do you explain the intense and almost debilitating feelings of loss when you reach down to touch your empty belly and the sickening realization that you just can’t protect your baby from this journey?
NICU Awareness Month is not only designed to honor families experiencing a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit and the AMAZING health professionals who care for them, but also to help more people understand what the NICU is and how a stay of any length can impact the entire family.
This is our time as preemie parents to enlighten the masses, to share our stories — to educate and reflect. It is also a time to show our appreciation to the many preemie professionals who tirelessly support us.
Parents & Professionals: we honor your dedication in caring for these tiny miracles. – Jenny, PreemieWorld