A Letter To NICU Parents


One night a couple of weeks ago, after my shift in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, I saw a blog post written by a NICU mom online that was so touching it sparked me to write a response. In her post she expressed her appreciation for NICU nurses and how we help families. After reading it, I immediately poured my thoughts out and expressed in return my appreciation for the NICU parent.

After my response was shared by several NICU moms on Facebook, I was thrilled to learn that the Huffington Post decided to publish it on their website. I hope you take the time to read my response:

I have never been a NICU parent but after 13 years as a NICU nurse I know them pretty well. From the parents of a term baby who’s only going to be there for a couple of days to those of a baby born at 23 weeks who may never know life outside of the NICU, I know your pain. I know that you are morning the loss of your ideal. You are in a situation that you didn’t plan on being in and everything that you did plan is now unobtainable. You feel completely out of control of the situation around you. You are dependent on others to do what you so dearly long to be able to do for your own child. Everything that you would normally do to comfort and care for your baby has been taken away from you. I’m here to tell you, I understand your pain and I appreciate you.

For the full response, please visit here.

About Jenni Stearman, NICU Nurse

I am a NICU charge nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women.
Posted in Neonatology, Nursing, Parenting, Pavilion for Women

One Response to A Letter To NICU Parents

  1. Susanne Trout says:

    What a beautiful response!

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