MOTHER’S TOUCH

It is very arduous for a mother to get separated from her newly born baby. It has a big effect emotionally and mentally. But, the baby needs an out of the ordinary care and requires constant attention.

Baby G was admitted in NICU just after he was exposed with his extrauterine life, after his not so long journey in his mother’s womb. He was premature. Very little, with his weight of 1.300kg, his size can be compared that of a 1liter soft drink bottle. He was ill, weak and can’t even breathe by himself, so he was put on ventilator support.

At first, the father accepted the fact that his baby might die because of the ghastly and life-threatening condition. The doctors already explained him things he must know. He was despondent.

And the mother was discharged from the hospital the following day, a quick glance on her baby and left. She was hurting inside, she will go home without her precious little one nor thinking if he will still be going home.

Days passed, no one came to visit the baby. The father is only asking the doctor regarding baby’s condition via phone.

Weaning from the ventilator was done and then was extubated. Improvement was observed. But one day, baby got cyanosed and gasping. The Chest x-ray revealed right lung collapse, so he was put on ventilator for the second time. He received some other treatments including blood transfusions. In spite of all the efforts done, the baby is hardly responding.

Weeks past, unexpectedly during my shift his parents came, only the mother was allowed to go inside the unit. The father was then contented looking at his baby from outside with a thick mirror separating them from each other. After a thorough hand washing, I encouraged the mother hold the baby’s hand for even just for awhile ( first time mother and child bonding) I keenly observed and noticed how the baby grasp his mother’s finger, I heard her whispering words I can’t understand, probably praying. She left with teary eyes. That day, the outgoing nurse endorsed me that the baby was not maintaining oxygen saturation and has episodes of bradycardia, but with my entire shift baby was ok, with vital signs, including saturation was at normal limit.

The parents continued to visit and the mother was allowed to spend some time with her baby.

No matter how much we, health workers care about our patients, nothing compares with a mother’s love, a mother’s touch.

He is now one month old and still in NICU but only with minimal oxygen support. Gaining weight, active, bawling lustily when hungry and stable. 

It is very arduous for a mother to get separated from her newly born baby. It has a big effect emotionally and mentally. But, the baby needs an out of the ordinary care and requires constant attention.

Baby G was admitted in NICU just after delivery. He was premature. Very little, with his weight of 1.300kg, his size can be compared that of a 1liter soft drink bottle. He was ill, weak and can’t even breathe by himself, so he was put on ventilator support.

At first, the father accepted the fact that his baby might die because of the ghastly and life-threatening condition. The doctors already explained him things he must know. He was despondent.

And the mother was discharged from the hospital the following day, she just gave a glance on her baby and left. She was hurting inside, she will go home without her precious little one nor thinking if he will still be going home.

Days passed, no one came to visit the baby. The father is only asking the doctor regarding baby’s condition via phone.

Weaning from the ventilator was done and extubated. Improvement was observed. But one day, baby got cyanosed and gasping. The Chest x-ray revealed right lung collapsed, so he was put on ventilator for the second time. He received some other treatments including blood transfusions. In spite of all the efforts done, the baby is hardly responding.

Weeks past, unexpectedly during my shift his parents came, only the mother was allowed to go inside the unit. The father was then contented looking at his baby from outside with a thick mirror separating them from each other. After a thorough hand washing, I encouraged the mother hold the baby’s hand for even just for awhile ( first time mother and child bonding) I keenly observed and noticed how the baby grasp his mother’s finger, I heard her whispering words I can’t understand, probably praying. She left with teary eyes. That day, the outgoing nurse endorsed me that the baby was not maintaining oxygen saturation and has episodes of bradycardia, but with my entire shift baby was ok, with vital signs, including saturation was at normal limit.

The parents continued to visit and the mother was allowed to spend some time with her baby.

No matter how much we, health workers care about our patients, nothing compares with a mother’s love, a mother’s touch.

He is now one month old and still in NICU but only with minimal oxygen support. Gaining weight, active, bawling lustily when hungry and 

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i love to read and write..thanx DF for publishing my articles.. been inspired since my first article (Taking care of tiny lives) was approved.. "hindi mahirap ang bawat gawain kung laging isasapuso natin"..
  • timgurl

    doble?

  • timgurl

    just an update..
    he was just discharged today..stable and not an oxygen dependent.
    sadly may retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) siya..