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Questions to ask your doctor or nurse.

To help you understand your baby's care in the NICU and to allow you to be an active participant in your baby's care, you'll want to get as much information as possible from your doctor or the nurses. While the nurses see your baby every day, remember that they do not make diagnoses. To discuss a diagnosis or your baby's overall plan of care, talk to the neonatologist.

Some things you might want to ask the neonatologist and/or the nurses include:

  • How long will my baby be in the unit?
  • What, specifically, is the problem?
  • What will be involved in my baby's treatment and daily care?
  • What medicines will my baby have to take?
  • What types of tests will be done?
  • What can my baby eat and when?
  • Will I be able to nurse or bottle-feed my baby - if so, when and how?
  • Will someone help me learn how to nurse my baby?
  • What can I do to help my baby?
  • Will I be able to hold or touch my baby?
  • How often and for how long can I stay in the unit?
  • Can I sleep here?
  • What sort of care will my baby need when we get home?
  • Is there someone who can help us through the process?