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What to do if your baby is in the NICU

What to do if your baby is in the NICU

Kristen Tippit never imagined her baby would end up in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Her son, Otter, was born with dangerously low blood sugar. Doctors and nurses treated him in the NICU for nearly three weeks in the spring of 2020.

Tippit described it as “a long, overwhelming, worrisome and confusing 20 days.”

About 10 to 15 percent of babies born in the United States end up in the NICU each year. After Otter recovered, Tippit and her partner, Jon Porter, of St. Louis, decided to create a nonprofit organization to educate and support other parents going through a similar experience. They recently launched featuring videos from neonatologists, nurses, social workers, mental health specialists and other former NICU parents.

They also shared tips on things they wish they had known before their son’s NICU experience and what parents can do to help their babies.

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