Welcome post to my new readers who want to learn more about the NICU and high risk pregnancies

Welcome and Purpose of my Blog

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My name is Iman and welcome to my blog. This is the first post on my new blog and I’m soo excited!!!

If you are reading this, I’m so grateful you stopped by and decided to take the time to look at my blog and most importantly read it! 

My blog is meant for NICU parents, families of premature babies or anybody who wants to learn more about the NICU and having a preemie.

Everything I write is from my experience as a NICU nurse and a NICU mom.

So I hope you enjoy reading this blog post and many other blog posts on my website.

My Background

I work in a Level 3 NICU in Canada. I have been a NICU nurse for 7 yrs, then I became a NICU mom. My son, Bilal, was born at 31 5/7 wks. 

Who would have guessed I would become a patient at my workplace!!

I love being a NICU nurse though!!

I get to connect with parents, build their confidence and empower them to learn all about their premature babies, so they can take care of them. 

I never thought I would have a complicated pregnancy and have a preemie too. 

You never expected it to happen to you. But here we are. 🙂 

Being a NICU parent has taught me so many things!

For example, it gave me an appreciation of what NICU parents go through.

I applaud our NICU families because it is not easy to leave your baby every day and go through the NICU rollercoaster ride of emotions.

I also learned and experienced:

1. the guilt of being away from your baby and not being able to be with them all the time

2.the loss of a “normal” pregnancy

3.the fear of how your baby will “turn out”

4.if your baby will ever be like other babies.

I plan to address all of these common fears that I have experienced in my blog, so stay tuned.

The Purpose of my Blog

When you are pregnant, you expect it to be healthy, easy, and straightforward. 

You expect to only deal with the common pregnancy “problems” that most pregnant moms go through; the weight gain, the problem sleeping, looking like a balloon.

But life throws you a curveball and some moms are diagnosed with having a high-risk pregnancy and are also told that their baby will be born early.

This news throws a wrench in any mom’s plans. No mom expects to hear that they will have a premature baby and that their baby will be hospitalized and be away from them. 

This exact feeling, at this moment, is why I started my blog.

I have the unique experience of being on both sides of the NICU; as a health care professional and as a parent. 

Therefore through my experiences, I felt that I had a duty to share my knowledge and what I have learned with other NICU parents.

I want my blog to:

1.provide insight on what it is like having a premature baby

2.talk about the obstacles premature babies will face and how parents can overcome them

3. provide solutions for common NICU challenges that parents might see. 

My blog is meant to empower NICU families through knowledge, so parents are a little bit prepared (even though you will never be fully prepared) to take on the NICU world.

I hope my blog provides a flashlight to navigate the complex and unknown world of the NICU- to inspire, to provide hope and to never give up!!

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