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Be There For Baby

By Peppertan

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Everything changes when you invite a little one to share your life. Your priorities shift, and you suddenly realize what’s been missing from your life. No parent likes to think about what could go wrong when they’re in those preparation stages. There’s enough to worry about already. But, it would be naive to assume that every birth is 100% perfect. It’s a tremendous trauma on both you and baby. As such, there are many complications to consider. A lot of babies end up on some form of medical support for their first days, weeks, or even months. It makes complete sense that a new parent wouldn’t want to think about that. But, if it does happen to you, it’s important to remember these points to get you through.

KNOW THE FACTS

As stated above, birth complications aren’t rare. In fact, it’s suspected that 94% of births are complicated. When you look at it like that, things don’t seem so bad. Obviously, it’s never nice if something’s wrong with your newborn. But, the issues are often less worrying than they seem. Midwives and doctors see this sort of thing on a regular basis. To make the problem easier for you, make sure to ask questions. Find out about any care your child is receiving by researching things like Foremost medical equipment, or medications. Knowing what those frightening tubes are doing for your little one will help put your mind at ease. And, remember that birth problems often improve quite quickly. Things will seem a lot more bearable when you know they won’t last long.

STAY STRONG

It’s a cliche, but it’s important you stay strong for your little one. They haven’t had the best start in life already. But, if you’re tense and stressed, things will be even worse for them. Despite the fact that the circumstances aren’t ideal, those first days with your baby are crucial. Keep your voice soothing and calm at all times. Do your best to smile, and be happy around your baby. If you feel things are getting too much, take deep breaths and take some time out. No one’s going to judge you for finding the process hard. It’s also important to eat and sleep. You may well want to sit by your baby’s side without pause, but you won’t help yourself, or them, by doing so.

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ENJOYMENT IS STILL IMPORTANT

It may seem strange to think about enjoyment at a time like this, but it’s crucial you enjoy your baby. Circumstances aside, your new arrival is still a gift. Enjoying your time together will take everyone’s minds off the situation. It’ll also help to build the bond between baby and you, which is crucial. It may be that you can’t hold your newborn for the time being. But, you can still spend plenty of time talking to them. If they’re in an incubator, put your hand to the side and see if baby responds. Interaction like this can be incredibly rewarding for both parties.

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