Thursday, April 28, 2005
Swedish offers help to parents of preemies:
New program strives to ease the fears of parents
By JULIE DAVIDOW
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
SEATTLE -- Jennifer Puetz tried not to blame herself. Her babies, twin boys born three months early, lay in the neonatal intensive care unit at Swedish Medical Center in a kind of limbo between her womb and the world.
"I felt like I was robbed of a normal pregnancy," said Puetz, 29. "With a normal pregnancy, you go home the next day with a baby.
"I blamed myself a lot. Did I exercise too much? Did I eat something wrong? I wondered if the nurses judged me."
A new program at Swedish hopes to ease the fears and anxieties parents feel while their babies are critically ill. It's part of a March of Dimes campaign to improve support for families in NICUs around the country. Swedish is the only hospital in Washington participating so far.
But other hospitals in the area have expressed interest and the program will eventually expand, organizers say.
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