Naushervan BegMy daughter was born three months premature weighing barely a kilo and with that our whole world had changed. We were not prepared to be parents as our child was to arrive three months later and as a full term baby, needless to say it was a very challenging time as everything happened in a flash and all of a sudden I was a dad, whose newly arrived and extremely tiny baby was rushed to the NICU as it was born and was to remain there for the next two months. In the first few days of my daughter’s birth I had not even realized what had happened, I guess partially it was the element of surprise and largely I wanted to channel my energy giving my wife the required confidence and strength, whose world was absolutely shaken-up. This also meant I had to be stronger and put on a brave face and this by far was one of the best decisions I made. Therefore in order to be the best father to a preemie baby you need to be the best husband to a preemie baby's mother. It is normal for mother’s to go through a very emotional period after their pregnancy (post pregnancy trauma) hence as a father your need to deal with it and this becomes more extensive as mother’s caring for a premature child are absolutely physically and mentally drained. Premature babies also need a lot of emotional caring hence always talk to your baby, sing to it, hold it close to your body and you will yourself feel the bond getting stronger. Make sure your positive vibes are transmitted to the baby. Conclusively to summarize the above points many things will come naturally, just let your soft side take the lead, be strong for your family and express extensive love for the family unit. The other part of managing and caring for a premature baby is to gain enough understanding of how to handle a premature baby and to manage its environment and watch for the milestones in the baby’s development. There is enough and plenty information available in the public domain on the net on the subject matter but most importantly ensure that you constantly communicate with the baby’s pediatric team and be informed of every decision and recommendation they make and the rationale behind it. That said a premature baby transitions towards being a normal-term baby and soon develops the resilience and capacity to take on the world. My daughter is six years old today, is in grade one, dose ballet, gymnastics and plays the piano and excels on many fronts. As a very happy and experience father to a premature baby I’m always happy to connect to other fathers who could gain form my experience. Reply to this comment 16-Jan-2018 08:41 PM
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