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Stronger and More Vulnerable: A Balanced View of the Impacts of the NICU Experience on Parents

Janvier, A; Lantos, J; Aschner, J; Barrington, K; Batton, B; Batton, D; Berg, SF; ... Spitzer, AR; + view all (2016) Stronger and More Vulnerable: A Balanced View of the Impacts of the NICU Experience on Parents. Pediatrics , 138 (3) , Article e20160655. 10.1542/peds.2016-0655. Green open access

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Abstract

For parents, the experience of having an infant in the NICU is often psychologically traumatic. No parent can be fully prepared for the extreme stress and range of emotions of caring for a critically ill newborn. As health care providers familiar with the NICU, we thought that we understood the impact of the NICU on parents. But we were not prepared to see the children in our own families as NICU patients. Here are some of the lessons our NICU experience has taught us. We offer these lessons in the hope of helping health professionals consider a balanced view of the NICU's impact on families.

Type: Article
Title: Stronger and More Vulnerable: A Balanced View of the Impacts of the NICU Experience on Parents
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1542/peds.2016-0655
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-0655
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 by the American Academy of Pediatrics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health > Neonatology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508918
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