Happy 4th of July everyone! As we celebrate the birth of our nation, let us remember all of the infants that are born preterm every day in across the world. For the first time in eight years, the preterm birth rate in the United States has risen, according to the March of Dimes. That means more families are exposed to the NICU environment, which can bring with it parental anxiety and depression and of course long term neurodevelopmental consequences for the infants. As NICU caregivers, we must continue to dedicate ourselves to learning the best practices and neuroprotective measures to do our very best to minimize the effects of being born to early.
Take care and have a safe and Happy 4th of July!
-Kathi and Shannon