Stepping away from NICU
For most families, a baby born into NICU or the Special Care Nursery is the most stressful event they will experience in their lifetime. Unfortunately, stress has an accumulative effect. Typically, the initial period following a preterm birth is marked by shock as families struggle with the reality of the situation. What follows is anxiety surrounding the baby's condition, length of stay and relationships with the treating team which can make subsequent weeks even more difficult. Finally, families are discharged home and find themselves alone. One Mum in the ReadyStepGrow program said "...and this is when it [the worry] all begins". Another said "things were OK for six months and then it all just hit me". A Dad said recently "After such a long time in hospital we were just waved off at the door - really? Is this the best that can be done? Where is the home visit or call to check in and see if we were Ok? Because we were not".
ReadyStepGrow provides a safe place to land. We know it's been a tough start and we provide families with professional support that bridges time in NICU and Special Care with the real world. Simply staying home seems like the safest idea in the beginning but the long term impact of this early life style can have negative consequences such as a child who has not had opportunities to socialise. If you have a premmie and you are wanting to 'step out' into the world but are not sure how ReadyStepGrow is the place for you. Everyone involved respects premmies increased need for protection against illnesses and a strict illness policy is observed.