How Can I Support My Friend Whose Baby is in the NICU?

One of my favorite blogs out there is Secrets of Baby Behavior.  This is a research/experienced-based blog written by the very talented, well-educated, all-female staff at the UC Davis Human Lactation Center.  Their latest post, Supporting Parents of Preemies: Tips for Friends and Family, really struck a chord with me and I had the immediate urge to share with you all. 

While I have never had a preemie, nor a baby in the NICU, I have had several friends who have.  This list just illuminated all of the ways I wished I could have supported them better, and the ways in which I WILL support them if the situation arises in the future.  It is unbearable to watch a friend go through the heartbreak of having a child who is not well, but at least this list shares a few tools to help in a positive way.

As a side note, one of the coolest web sites I have seen lately is Food Tidings.  This is a site we used to organize dinner drop-offs for a friend whose baby was in the NICU.  Wouldn’t it be great if we set up a schedule for food drop-offs for all of our friends who just had babies?  BEST GIFT EVER!

Please click here to read the article about Supporting Parents of Preemies: Tips for Friends and Family.

 

What ideas would you add to this list?