Preemies

Return to visit NICU?

Hi ladies,

Has anyone brought their former NICU resident back for a visit? We have to go to an appointment that will take us near the hospital where she was born. I'm contemplating taking her for a visit, since they have pictures in the nurses station of the graduates, I thought they might like a visit, but we were there last July/August, and they take care of so many babies, I doubt they would remember us.

I have a lot of qualms taking her to the hospital, in general, so I'm not sure whether I'm overthinking this or not. (Although there is an elevator bay/hallway that is used primarily for maternity/NICU, and we have to go to a hospital for her NICU follow-up appointment this month). I'm wondering if they would appreciate the visit, and if so, is this a good time, or perhaps I should wait until she is older?

Any thoughts?

Re: Return to visit NICU?

  • We visited a little while ago when we had to take him to the hospital for an appointment.  Our primary and I e-mail each other a lot and so I told her that we were thinking of coming in to visit when we had our appointment.  She ended up working that day and so did our two secondary nurses.  We visited for maybe half an hour total in the reception area of the NICU. 

    I could call ahead and see if your NICU has any special rules about bringing back your baby to visit.

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  • Our nurses love for us to visit!  They always get an updated picture as well.  
  • Nope! No urge to return and I have his primaries/LC on FB so we're still in touch :)
  • We've taken C back two or three times since she came home a year ago.  Each time we ended up seeing her primary Dr. and most of our fave nurses.  They loved seeing her and hearing about all her progress!   
  • Our nurses keep telling us PLEASE bring him back to visit, because getting to see how the babies are doing when they're bigger is one of their greatest rewards. I don't know when we'll be up for that (he's still in th NICU and we're just so focused on getting him out!), but I'd like to someday.
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  • we haven't yet since DS is in another hospital, but he was in the NICU so long that everyone got so attached to him. I definitely plan to bring him and DD back for visits to the NICU.
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  • We took her back for a visit last summer, and it was nice to see the nurses again and let them see how she's progressed!  We haven't been back since though, because we didn't want to risk taking her during RSV season (for the safety of everyone in the NICU, and for her safety as well).  We're planning to go for another visit in May.

    I know our NICU staff loves seeing the babies whenever they come back for a visit, regardless of their age!  So if you're comfortable taking LO back for a visit now, go for it! 

  • image JuliaJAG:
    Our nurses keep telling us PLEASE bring him back to visit, because getting to see how the babies are doing when they're bigger is one of their greatest rewards. I don't know when we'll be up for that (he's still in th NICU and we're just so focused on getting him out!), but I'd like to someday.

     This exactly.  We've only been in 2 weeks and we have a long road ahead of us, but our nurses have already mentioned a few times how much they love it when people bring back their babies to visit.  I can't wait to get to the point where he's big enough and healthy enough to come back!


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  • Once Kathy outgrows her preemie clothes, I'm going to go in and donate them. I haven't decided if I will bring the girls or not. The hospital is close to my house so I might go alone the first time and see if the would want me to bring them by. 
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  • I brought DS back a few days before his first birthday which happened to be nurses' day. I brought them flowers and pics of DS. They were so excited to see him, because he was one of their favorites when he was there. Only sad thing is that 2 of his special nurses were off that day. I plan to take him there again but the hospital is a good 1/2 hr drive and I am now back at work.
  • We have only been out 2 and a half weeks, but we are going to go back over for a visit when we return to the hospital with him on Thursday for his repeat cranial ultrasound.  I am going to bring the ladies a coffee cake ring thingie from Panara, and probably bring the labor nurses something too (they are all on the same floor).  I do know that we can't go into the nicu because once babies are out they are considered "dirty babies" but we can at least see them in the waiting area! :)
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