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NICU Discharge Guidelines

Planning for Discharge

As the day finally approaches for you to take your baby home, don't be surprised if you have mixed emotions. Happiness and joy are often mixed with anxiety over the responsibility of caring for your preemie. Your baby's nurses will be able to assist you by teaching you the necessary things from how to feed and bathe your baby to how to take your baby's temperature. You will also be able to have a "dress rehearsal" with your baby, where you can stay overnight in the hospital providing all of your baby's care while having the nursing staff just on the other side of the door to assist you if needed.