Supporting Your Clients with a Newborn in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
October 28, 2013, 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EST
Presented by Ira J. Chasnoff, MD
Many newborns exposed prenatally to illegal drugs end up in the neonatal intensive care unit for days or weeks. This disruption from the family interferes with the attachment and nurturing interactions that are necessary for both mother and child. In addition, the NICU is a scary place, full of technology and language that families don’t understand. This session will discuss strategies for ensuring that families are engaged with their child while in the NICU, understand the various difficulties the child may be having, and can deal with the guilt that many mothers might feel when seeing their critically ill child.