Family Reources

The special day you've been waiting for is almost here. Your baby will soon be ready to come home. Once your baby achieves the following milestones, he/she's getting closer to going home: 

  • Keeps his/herself warm
  • Sleeps in a crib, not an incubator
  • Weighs about 4 pounds or more 
  • Has learned to breast- or bottle-feed.
  • Breathes on his/her own

Getting Ready to Take Your Baby Home:  To help prepare you for going home and taking care of your baby full time, staff in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) will help you become comfortable feeding, dressing and bathing your baby. They will teach you:

  • How to give him/her medications
  • Take his/her temperature 
  • Use medical equipment at home, if needed

The more you practice caring for your baby while he/she is in the hospital, the easier it will be when you get home. Before your baby goes home, learn infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  Although you probably will never need to use CPR, it could help you save your baby's life in a medical emergency.

A team from the hospital, including your baby's primary nurse, will help you plan for your baby's discharge. They will refer you to any specialists or community services you may need, including equipment-supply companies.

You may be nervous about caring for your baby on your own. You may "room in" with your baby for a night or two before he/she goes home. Parents often find this a helpful way to prepare to go home with their babies.

One or both parents can stay with the baby and take charge of his/her care. But the nurse is there to answer any questions, if you have any.

Neonatal Family Advisory Council

The Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital's Neonatal Family Advisory Council was formed in 2010 as a partnership between Neonatal Intensive Care Unit families and staff.

Our Council empowers and encourages families to voice their needs and preferences and to play a central role in the care plan of their child.

Our Council is dedicated to improving family-centered care through education and resources and by serving as another link between families and hospital staff. We are dedicated to a family-driven council, in which families have a direct impact on programs and policies that affect patient and family care.

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Coastal Carolina Neonatology| Coastal Children's Services| 1915 Glen Meade Road| Wilmington, NC 28403 | (910) 667-2970