Visiting a neonatal intensive care unit can be an overwhelming experience, especially for a young child during sibling visitation. The sibling will see monitoring equipment, breathing machines, intravenous pumps and incubators. They will hear alarms ringing and sometimes babies crying. Preparing children for the NICU environment is crucial so they are not as fearful and can focus on bonding with their new sibling.
About the Author
Jennifer Bracci has been a registered nurse in a level three neonatal intensive care unit since 1999. After becoming a parent herself, she realized the true importance of family centered care. Older siblings may experience confusion and fear upon witnessing the NICU environment and Jennifer hopes to assist parents in preparing for a NICU visit. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two young sons.
Angie Jones started drawing for adults and children when she was a wee child. When she isn't drawing, painting or writing, she likes riding her bicycle. hiking or watching a good movie. You can see more of Angie's art work and download fun coloring pages at www.angiejones.com.