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 care for preterm and ill newborn babies.
Oftentimes mothers and fathers are faced with the situation of suddenly becoming parents much earlier than expected. They can 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. This situation can also affect other family members such as older children or grandparents.
Find summarised information on parents in the NICU in our factsheet in English and in German.
We are grateful to Nikk Connemann for his support and advice on the content of the factsheet.