If your baby has just been released from the NICU, you know how overwhelming that can be for you and for the rest of your family. You might need different types of help, but where can you find it?
Your Own Doctor
Your own doctor, whether that’s your primary care physician or your OB/GYN, can help you to find resources in your area that can help you as a parent of a NICU baby. If you’re concerned that you’re experiencing depression as well as overwhelm, your doctor can help you to get the help you need right now.
A Counselor or Therapist
Another source of help you might consider if you suspect you’re dealing with depression could be a therapist or a counselor that you trust. Talking with someone can help you to feel less alone and you might realize that what you’re experiencing is more normal than you fear. You can also learn about other resources that can help you.
Family and Friends
Your family and your friends love you and want to help in any way that they can. In fact, they probably have offered some help that you didn’t recognize or weren’t prepared to accept. If you’ve had a tough time accepting help, now is the time to take a deep breath and start saying yes more often to offers of help. Even if a situation isn’t perfect, the help that you receive can help immensely.
Pediatric Home Health Care Providers
Often the first thought you might have when it comes to getting the help that you need might be that your baby has special needs or has only recently been released from the NICU. That’s a valid point, but there is help available still. Pediatric home health care providers can help you with caring for your baby while you take time to help yourself. You’ll know your baby is in good hands while you go to appointments for yourself or take time for you in other ways.
Resources in Your Community
If you haven’t found the resources you need through other sources, you may have more luck with specific, targeted searches. You might also want to reach out to agencies that help parents and children in your area. Even if that agency can’t help you, they may know of a group or agency that does exactly what you need.
No matter what kind of help you need, there are definitely tools in place that can meet your needs. The key is to recognize that you’re feeling overwhelmed and then to reach out to find the right resources and tools for what you need right now.
If you or a loved one are considering Pediatric Home Health Care Services near York PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author