Having a hospitalized child can be scary and stressful for parents, especially when that child is a newborn. Between raising a family, working and coping with a hospitalized infant, self-care is often not the first thing that comes to mind for a parent.
In this episode of CHOC Radio, we speak with Karina Ousley, a clinical social worker in CHOC’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Diana Hurtado, coordinator for the March of Dimes NICU Family Support program at CHOC, and Marla Dorsey, patient- and family-centered care coordinator, about the importance of NICU parents practicing self care.
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- One CHOC mom shares how she dealt with her baby’s diagnosis of microcephaly and encephalocele and her family’s emotional journey to health.
- The 7-month-old’s daily music therapy sessions in the NICU, conducted in tandem with occupational therapy, have helped her make progress on clinical goals.
- April was a registered nurse in the medical/surgical unit when her twins were born. Her girls’ experience in the NICU inspired her to become a NICU nurse.