4 Tips for Surviving Being Away from Baby in the Hospital
3. Bonding With Your Baby
Since you are missing out on initial bonding time, find ways to connect with your baby. Have your partner or spouse bring you a blanket your baby has been swaddled in, so you can breathe in that baby smell. Scent a blanket with your scent by holding it against your skin, and then have your spouse bring it to your baby. Ask your spouse to record a short clip of your baby's cry on their phone, so you are able to hear your baby.
4. Use Technology
Four years ago, my husband and I didn't even own cell phones. Now, there are so many ways you can use technology to see and hear your baby, even when you are separated. From video capabilities to hi-resolution pictures and real time video chat, you can enjoy seeing and hearing your baby during this period of separation. A word of caution though, not all hospitals have reliable Wi-Fi signals, if any at all.
Being separated from your baby those first few days and nights of his or her life is very challenging. When you are feeling overwhelmed by the situation take time to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Know that this time will pass, but in the meantime don't feel that you are being a hassle to a nurse, doctor, or loved one when advocating for yourself.
What are some ideas you have to keep your mind busy in a stressful situation? If you have ever been separated from your baby after birth, what helped you get through the hard times?