A Mother Learns to Hold Her Child

Posted on May 31, 2018

The new mother looks at her premature baby crying in the incubator with fear and yearning. How can she pick him up with all those wires? What if she pulls one out?

The baby basics classes during pregnancy didn’t prepare her for the unexpected early delivery or the neonatal intensive care unit. Thankfully, she is not alone.

“Focus on the three main wires,” nurse Teresa Ritter, R.N., reassures. “Just tuck them together like this and pick him up like this. You can do that. We’re monitoring him. I’m here if you need me.”

The mother tentatively reaches over and lifts the child into her arms. He immediately stops crying. A mother's bond with her son solidifies.



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