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Understanding and Parenting Your Preemie

Progress in medical technology and the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have made the survival of smaller and smaller infants possible. As a result, we now have a new kind of human being: The Preterm Infant.

Of course, preemies are in many ways small versions of the full term infant. But preemies also are very different from full term infants, and they live in a world that is very different from that of either the fetus in the womb or the full-term infant at home. Therefore, it is unfair to think of the preemie as either a fetus or a mini full-term baby: preemies are unique, and deserve unique and special treatment.

SPIN Group

Parents of NICU babies are welcome to join the SPIN Group meeting. SPIN stands for Supporting Parents In the NICU Group.

When:
Every Friday NOON - 1:00 pm Lunch and refreshments provided

Where:
NICU Family Room - 7 North

What:
All parents are welcome and encouraged to come and share your story

Ask your nurse or medical team for more information!

Supported by: UnityPoint Health - Meriter Foundation