A Mother's Experience:
I'm incredibly aware now that we, as humans, don't always feel our emotions in a linear pattern, sometimes we are feeling everything at the exact same time. My anxiety and fear were linked hand in hand with my joy and love for the weeks we were there. The anxiety I experienced in the Special Care Nursery still lingers to this day. I'm a much different parent than I ever anticipated being. Each little set back we've had since discharge can send me right back into that spiral. I think that's important for staff to be aware of, that this experience for families carries through for a very long time.