Bonding With Your Preemie
The Initial Fears
After the birth of a preemie, many parents feel isolated and uncertain about their emotions and physical state of mind. They feel as though it was their fault. Stress and disengagement may play a role in how they feel. They envisioned a healthy, strong, and vibrant baby. A baby without feeding tubes or ventilators. A baby that would be able to leave the hospital within days of delivery. All these feelings can become overwhelming, frightening and upsetting. To come to terms with these feelings both parents should take the time and bond with their baby. Each parent can bond with their baby in their own special way.
Bonding Without Realizing It
While you were expecting your baby, you bonded in many ways. Mothers are the people that new babies know best in the world. Your baby knows your smell, your voice, and your mood swings. He heard you laugh, sing, and cry. He felt you dancing. He felt the intensity of your happiness or sadness. He knew your routine. He may have known the voice of his father, a partner, siblings, or someone else that was close to you.
You felt your baby moving within you. You might have known when he had the hiccups or felt his elbow in your womb. You could feel him turning over. You might have known where his head was or the times his tiny feet pressed against you. All these things were part of an initial bond you had before your baby was born. That is why it is very important to continue to bond with your baby even though he was born into this world sooner than expected.
The Importance of Bonding
The natural instinct to hold your newborn is not uncommon, it is that physical bond that you have been waiting for for nine months. Physically touching and soothing your baby will have a positive effect on his health and well-being. It is your voice, the mother, that has more power to comfort and reassure him than anyone else's.
Types of physical bonding may include:
You're concentrating on your baby now, but remember that you have special needs, too. Taking good care of yourself will help you take the best care of your preemie.
It is very important to relax and find your level of contentment. Your newborn preemie will need you more than ever at this difficult time in his and your life. Comforting him in any way will create a strong bond that can help ease the initial fears and anxieties you both have.
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