Having a newborn can be scary.
Having a newborn in the NICU can be even scarier.
If you’re a new or expecting parent looking for reliable information about preemies and newborns (whether they’re in the NICU or at home) – you’ve come to the right place!
Babies are my specialty. Teaching is my passion. And new parents are the most involved and receptive learners I’ve ever met. You care so much about this new little life you created and I LOVE it.
So who am I and why do I think I can help you?
I’m a NICU Nurse by Profession
My name is Carol-Ann and I’m a Registered Nurse in a level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
I absolutely adore my job. I’m never leaving.
I care for babies who are born months too early, weigh less than a pound, and require a breathing tube for the first weeks or months of their lives.
I also care for relatively healthy newborns who just need a little extra time to adjust to the cold, bright world outside of mom.
I’ve spent literally thousands of hours caring for hundreds of babies.
I’m a Teacher at Heart
The other biggest part of my job as a NICU nurse is to educate parents. And I absolutely LOVE that part.
There’s just so much to figure out when you have a new baby, and even more when that baby is in the NICU.
Plus it can be hard to find reliable information on everyday questions you have about your newborn. And again, if you’re in the NICU it’s substantially more difficult to find those answers.
But I love answering questions, breaking down complicated medical jargon, and explaining why things work the way they do.
So I decided to use my passion, knowledge, and experience to create this website.
Having a Newborn is Scary
Depending on whether you’re planning for a baby, currently expecting, have a baby in the NICU, or recently brought your little one home – you likely have a million different questions
- Is there anything I need to do to prepare my body for a healthy pregnancy?
- What are the pros and cons of home birth vs. hospital birth?
- Am I in labor?
- What happens if my baby comes early?
- What exactly is a NICU anyway?
- Does my hospital have the right level NICU if my baby needs it?
- What does (insert confusing medical term here) mean?
- When can my preemie start taking a bottle or breastfeeding?
- When can my baby come out of the isolette?
- Does my baby really need that vitamin K shot immediately after birth?
- Are vaccines really safe?
- What’s in my breast milk?
- How do I make sure my baby’s safe while sleeping?
- Which car seat is best?
And I plan on answering them all. Eventually all of those bullet points will be links to articles that will answer those questions, so stay tuned.
This is Why AsktheNICUNurse was Born
I want to answer all the questions that many parents have in one place. I want to explain things in a way that makes sense. I want to help you understand the WHY and HOW behind things.
I want you to be as informed as possible.
My goal is for this website to serve as a comprehensive guide for all new parents on all things baby.
Parents of preterm, full-term, healthy, and sick newborns. Whether you and your baby spent time in the hospital or went straight home.
I Care About You and Your Baby. Seriously.
It doesn’t matter if your baby isn’t born yet or that I haven’t met them or you. Babies are the most innocent and vulnerable among us. They need constant care and I have the biggest spot in my heart reserved for them and their well-being.
And I acknowledge that, ultimately, you’re the one responsible for this sweet little life.
So providing you with good information is the best thing I can think to do to ensure that both you and your new baby stay happy, healthy, and safe.
I want all parents to feel informed, empowered, and prepared to make the decisions they’ll have to make for their baby.
I also want to give special attention to NICU parents. Because not only do I have immeasurable compassion for them, but I also feel like these parents don’t have enough resources outside of hospital staff.
I want to give NICU parents access to tons of accurate information from a nurse who genuinely cares. I also want them to know they have someone to talk to.
That they’re not alone – as isolating as the NICU can feel.
Last Thing Before you Go
Share this website with other parents or soon-to-be parents who may benefit!
I want to reach as many people as I can.
If you’re interested in all the baby things, consider entering your email below!
That way I can send you updates when I post new content. I may also occasionally send other relevant baby things I think you’d like.
And don’t worry, I won’t flood your email (I still work full-time so I honestly wouldn’t even have time to do that if I wanted to) and you won’t get spam.
A final note. I will always do my best to keep accurate, up-to-date information on this website. But of course, it is all for informational and educational use only. If you have medical questions or concerns, you should always ask your doctor.
“Babies used to make me nervous, but these squirmy things are awesome once you’ve read the manual”,
(-David Z. Hirsch)
Carol-Ann, the NICU Nurse