No parent ever expects to not be able to see their newborn baby. For many parents of premature babies, this is their reality, as their newborn is immediately taken to the NICU. To help parents cope, a recent study provided a nurse for a 45 minute one-on-one session of simply listening to the parents fears and worries. The study authors explain: "'Listening is what nurses have done their whole career," Siewert said. "We've always been the ones to listen and try to problem solve. So, I just think it was a wonderful offshoot of what nursing can do. We just need the time to do it'". Researchers found these trauma-informed sessions lowered depression and anxiety in participants.
How do you incorporate trauma informed care with the parents in the NICU?