4 Tips for Surviving Being Away from Baby in the Hospital

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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?  

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4 Tips for Surviving Being Away from Baby in the Hospital

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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  1. maria says:

    When I was seperated from my baby boy for one whole month he was in nicu it’s really hard and emotional especially when it was time to go home without him so I was at that hospital everyday until he was ready to come home my advice is DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK ??? TALK TO ALL THE NURSES THEY ARE THERE TO HELP FIND OUT WHO’S TAKING CARE OF YOUR BABY WHEN YOUR NOT THERE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY IF YOU HAVE A NURSE WHOM YOU DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH HANDLING YOUR BABY SPEAK UP . I HAD TO SPEAK UP I’M THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO NEVER REALLY STANDS UP FOR MYSELF BUT THE DAY I HAD MY BABY AND A NURSE I FELT LIKE WHO WASN’T HANDLING MY BABY GENTLY ENOUGH I SPOKE UP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE BECAUSE THAT IS MY SON I CARRIED HIM IT WAS SCARY BUT IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO SO REMEMBER BE ACTIVE BE THERE KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON AND ASK LOTS AND LOTS OF ????? GOOD LUCK MOMMIES BABY WILL BE HOME SOON

  2. ErinCurran says:

    Excellent tips, Mindi!!!

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