|Get adequate rest and nutrition. Your baby needs
you to be strong and healthy.
|If your doctor gives the okay, touch your child.
It can be highly therapeutic for both of you. Watch your child for signs of stress
(frowning, drawing in of limbs, arching back and neck, jerky movements) and he will let
you know when he has had enough.
|Take lots of pictures. You will want a record of
growth and development. You might want to take one picture with a favorite stuffed
animal so you can have a reference point.
|Keep a journal. Record your thoughts and
feelings. Write down any questions you think of to ask your child's
caregivers. Keep track of medications and procedures.
|Get to know the nurses and doctors. Some you
will love and some you would rather not interact with. Overall, you will probably find
caring and friendly people who enjoy their jobs.
|Always remember that this is your baby, not the
nurses'. You have a right to visit your baby. You have a right to be kept
informed on his care and condition.|