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Premature Son: How Was Your First Bonding Experience?

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Catrina recalls the first physical bonding experience she shared with her premature son.

Tanner was born on August 7th and he was transferred August 8th and I was not released from my hospital until the 12th and so, being a third-time mom, I knew how important it was to get to my child. I knew how important it was to hold him and to nurse him and to let him know that I was there and not just, you know, I knew he had already heard my voice. He could already feel me and so I knew I needed to get to him.

By the time I got there that Monday afternoon, you know, I was still recovering from surgery, major surgery, and so I was tired and I was, you know, all of these things but you just have to put that past you, and when I reached him he was in and isolette and I had never been in a NICU and it was a little shocking at first to see this little baby covered in this isolette and all these different wires and stuff coming out of him, and they explained to me that it was very agitating to kind of pat a baby and your initial response is to kind of stroke your child and make them feel better.

And they allowed me to put my hand in isolette and rest my hand on his chest and I stood there for two hours with my hand on his chest because that’s really all I could do, and they let me; they didn’t say a single word, didn’t bother me, didn’t rush me out the door, hurry me up. They just kind of allowed me to take my time and to get to know and bond the best that I could.

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Condition: Pregnancy, Premature Baby

Related Terms: C-Section, Cesarean Section, Labor & Delivery, Expectant Mother, NICU, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Fetal Development

Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Health, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Banner Thunderbird Hospital

Location: Glendale, Arizona, AZ, 85306, East Valley, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Guadalupe, Mesa, Phoenix Metropolitan Area

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