Perinatal Wellbeing - The Podcast about Prenatal, Pregnancy & Postpartum Health

Experiencing a NICU stay with Sydney Tricand

June 29, 2023 Christine Cunningham Season 2 Episode 30
Perinatal Wellbeing - The Podcast about Prenatal, Pregnancy & Postpartum Health
Experiencing a NICU stay with Sydney Tricand
Show Notes

Content Warning: trauma, NICU stay, c-section, anxiety, challenges with nursing, grief

Sydney shares her story of having her first baby and experiencing a NICU stay with him. Sydney talks honestly and openly about the challenges she faced when welcoming her baby into the world. Sydney discusses the delivery, the experience of baby going to the NICU, how traumatic that was for her and how that experience impacted her mental and physical health. Sydney also talks about her challenges with nursing and the grief she experienced as a result of how her story unfolded. 

Highlights:

1:16 – Sydney shares what the lead up to the delivery was like 

2:11 – C-section delivery

6:36 - Worked with bereaved families and families in NICU previously

8:34 - Social norms of the NICU

10:11 – Discussing NICU experiences and not wanting to hear other trauma stories

15:10 – Sydney felt they were traumatized from their NICU stay

18:24 – Fear and anxiety around baby’s health 

20:23 - Impact of all the stress on Sydney’s recovery; including challenges with nursing and high blood pressure

24:56 – Anxiety and losing trust in our parenting following traumatic experiences

38:32 - Grief

56:30 - Sebastian’s 1st birthday

Resources mentioned in this episode: 

You can find us at www.perinatalwellbeing.ca on Instagram @perinatalwellbeing_ontario or by email info@perinatalwellbeing.ca

 If you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed in this or any episode please reach out to me at info@perinatalwellbeing.ca and I can help you find support in your area or online.  

Check out Postpartum Support International at www.postpartum.net for more information about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders as well as free online support groups and a provider directory. 

You can look for an individual therapist on www.psychologytoday.com

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