This is never an easy subject to broach, but I feel like eventually we might need to discuss it. No parent ever wants to think that their new baby may be sick after birth, but the truth is, that it happens on occasion–and there’s usually not a thing you could have done about it. Especially if you have no warning of an illness or medical condition, it can be startling to take an already stressful event (though a happy one) and make it more stressful.
Statistics show that one in ten babies born in the U.S. will require some form of resuscitation after birth. It may not be a full-blown CPR event, but sometimes babies need a little “jump start” to get going. Thankfully, the resiliency of newborns makes them respond almost instantly to the assistance given by skilled doctors and nurses, and they bounce back quickly with no problems. For you as a parent, you probably will never even notice the quiet whispers being passed between your nurses as they work to help your baby. I have handed beautiful, healthy pink babies to mothers only minutes after I had been scrambling to help them breathe–and their mothers have no idea. It’s the way it is. Continue reading “Learning to cope when your baby is born sick”