Friday 12 May 2017

Thanking the NICU Nurses This #InternationalNursesDay

Today is International Nurses’ Day and Pampers want to encourage us to thank the nurses who have helped my little fighter and my family during the hardest times of our lives.

Directly after birth, my son C was taken straight to NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and at that moment in time I wasn’t in the right state of mind to think about who was there looking after him. I had to trust them. Two days later, when I was able to finally visit C, a lovely nurse told me all about how C had progressed over those two days and luckily he was going from strength to strength. She filled me in on how much of my breast milk he had managed to take and talking to be about what levels of CPAP he was on and she always kept me in the loop with what was currently happening and what they were planning on doing. She (and the rest of the NICU nurses team) were there for him when he needed them, when I couldn’t be there for my own son, and I couldn’t be more thankful. I could see the happiness in their faces when they had good news for me and when I was finally able to hold him after six days, I know they were just as pleased as I was. They would cuddle him, sing to him and just make him happy. They gave him love.

Nurses really are unsung heroes. Premature babies need a little bit of extra care and not only were these wonderful nurses looking after my precious baby and comforting me, they were doing it for the other families who were also in my position. I don’t think that there is anything more amazing. I really struggled with expressing milk and I remember bringing the tiniest amount to NICU at 4am one morning. I cried my eyes out to the nurse, telling her that I felt guilty for not being able to feed my baby. She did everything she did to reassure me that he was doing wonderfully. They had been topping him up with formula and he’d taken to it well. She told me to remember that I was ill too so I needed to relax and take care of myself. This really sticks out to me as I feel like it changed my hospital experience. I took the advice and was a lot happier, meaning that I felt like a better mum for my baby too.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Pampers P3 nappy for premature babies. These NICU nurses have actually teamed up with Pampers to create them. The nurses are in the thick of it day in, day out so in my opinion, they were the best people to ask. They experience the difficulties of oversized nappies every day so the fact that these new nappies have a contoured fit to help babies grow without mobility challenges, breathable material designed to protect their extra delicate skin and noiseless tapes to protect their delicate ears from stressful sounds will be a huge help and it’s probably something that we wouldn’t have thought about ourselves.

Pampers are continuing their partnership with Bliss in their work to support NICU nurses, premature babies and their families as well as neonatal care training and education. Today, on International Nurses’Day, Pampers will donate another £1 to Bliss for every ‘Thank You’ message shared on social media with the hashtag #ALittleThankYou

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Pampers.
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