1. Newborns

Premature babies

Premmies often stay in a NICU. Here’s what to expect.
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    If you know your baby will be born early, you can prepare yourself mentally and emotionally. Practise relaxation and take a tour of the NICU. Find out more.

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    This practical guide on advocating for your premature babies has tips on speaking up for your premature baby in the NICU and keeping good relations with staff.

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    For parents with premature babies in the NICU, bonding might seem hard. This guide explains how to use touch, song, play and daily care to make it happen.

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    How old is your premature baby? This guide to corrected age explains how premature babies develop in the early years and why corrected age is useful.

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    Breastmilk is ideal for premature babies. Find out about breastfeeding premature babies, expressing and supplementing breastmilk, and formula-feeding.

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    Playing with premature babies in the NICU can be very good for them. Here are ideas for using sight, touch and music to play with your premature baby.

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    Noise in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can affect how premature babies sleep. Here’s how you and staff can help your premature baby sleep better.

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    It’s finally time to take your premature baby home from hospital. Read practical tips for preparing yourself and your baby for going home.

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