Newborn babies who need intensive medical care are usually admitted to a department or area in the hospital called neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The NICU offers advanced technology as well as specialised healthcare to provide appropriate support for preterm and ill newborn babies.

Mothers and fathers are usually faced with the situation of suddenly becoming parents much earlier than expected. They may be overwhelmed by finding their child in a critical health condition and by the unfamiliar environment of a NICU. They need time, social and psychological support, and encouragement to cope with this difficult situation and to find their role as parents. Additionally, this situation may also affect other family members, such as siblings, grandparents, or friends.

 
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