Q: I feel like I am an outsider in my babies’ lives since the nurses and doctors are taking care of them. With so many, how can I be more involved and keep track of what is happening since I am not at the hospital 24 hours a day?
First, get to know the people who are caring for your babies. Talk with the neonatologist, residents, and neonatal nurse practitioner on a regular basis. Inquire about ways to contribute to each baby’s care. Based on the infant’s medical condition, parents can participate by changing diapers, giving baths, learning about procedures and medications, providing Kangaroo care, helping with feedings, holding the infants, and other tasks.