Integrated Family Community Services 3370 South Irving Street, Englewood, CO 80110-1816 Ph: 303-789-0501

Preemie Pointers: 4 Tips for Parents of Premature Babies

According to the CDC, one in 10 babies is born earlier than expected. If you’ve become the parent of a premature baby, here are just a few tips for getting through the scares and embracing the changes that a pre-term baby brings.

Educate Yourself on Preemie Issues

Caring for a premature baby is different than caring for a regular-sized infant, so you might need to throw old wisdom out of the window and make room for new facts. For example, babies born at 32-34 weeks are usually too fragile to nurse on their own, so if you’re adamant about breastfeeding, you’ll need to pump your milk and let the nurses give it to your baby through a feeding tube. You can save yourself a lot of time and stress by preparing for these things in advance instead of waiting for the NICU to tell you about them.

Bond with Your Baby

If you’re allowed to hold or touch your baby, physical contact is one of the best things that you can give them. You’ll need to be gentle, of course, but you can still stroke their hair, cup their head, swaddle them in a blanket and cuddle them close. If they need to incubate a little longer, focus on non-invasive ways to interact with them such as making eye contact and talking to them in a gentle voice. If they respond to your stimuli, you’ll know that you’re on the right track.

Take Time for Yourself

It’s okay if you aren’t in the NICU all hours of the day. It’s okay to go home, shower, change, feed the dogs and enjoy a meal away from the hospital every now and then. Not only will this keep you from becoming exhausted and burned out, but it will also give you a much-needed sense of perspective. The walls of a hospital can shrink around you if you aren’t careful. Make sure that you remember about the outside world.

Talk to a Lawyer

If you suspect that your baby was premature because of mistakes or mistreatment by your doctor, consider getting in touch with a lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice. This is especially important if your premature baby has any birth injuries like periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) or intraventricular hemorrhages (IVH). Only a lawyer will be able to tell you if you can make a case against the doctor or hospital, and if you can, you’ll need them to represent you in a lawsuit to seek the compensation that you deserve.

These are just a few tips for parents of premature babies. Remember that sometimes complications with birth arise as a result of mistakes made by medical providers. Whether it’s a relatively harmless birth injury, or a premature birth, if you suspect that your healthcare practitioner made a mistake you should consider hiring legal representation. The most important thing, however, is to love and care for your little baby to the best of your abilities.

Tim Esterdahl

Find Us on Social Media

2 days ago

Integrated Family Community Services - IFCS

While stocking the shelves, it occurred to us that by adding ground beef to the ingredients in this photo, you could make a hearty Shepherd's Pie. We need your help in coming up with more recipes whose main ingredients come from IFCS. If you'd like a list of what's on our shelves, please comment here or email so we can create a recipe list to share. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook
View on Facebook

Teamwork makes the dream work! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

IFCS On Twitter

Check out our news in the Littleton Independent.,299770

We are BLOWN AWAY by the quality of fresh fruit and fresh veggies we got from @FoodBankRockies today! Simply gorgeous. Call 303-789-0501 to get your box today.

Who remembers the IFCS Flood of 2017? Well, we had another pipe burst, but this time, staff was here to stop it from demolishing the building! We have some cleaning to do, but all food and goods are safe!

Load More...

Key Sponsors

Our Affliations




Sign Up for our eNewsletter

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust

USDA Non-Discrimination Policy

IFCS follows the USDA non-discrimination policy. Learn more by clicking here to read the statement. (PDF)