i was called in to see a little one who came 6 weeks early to introduce wrapping and wearing into the routine of nicu care. When we do this addition of supported skin to skin and wearing during routine nicu care and procedures, and we can often the shorten the babies projected stay by 20-80% in my personal experience. This particular Hospital is small, so there are no real rooms for the babies, just curtains separating the babies, a chair, and moms bed is in a separate wing. Even with all of these things stacked against us we really made magic with this family. Ultimately we found that the nurses and doctors were really supportive of our wearing and breastfeeding agenda, as usual, overall.
Many families who start life in the nicu think that starting over sounds like an awesome idea, and its almost possible!!!! Often my advice in these situations is; “Go home take off all yours and your babies clothes, get in bed, and imagine that they were just born right that moment. Start again by enacting everything that you would have done in those first moments like a do-over” that was the prescription given to this beautiful family, and i stand by it’s success.