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Patients Get a Little Extra Compassion and Necessary Health Screenings During New Rounds Program


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Mothers and fathers of premature babies in the NICU need a little extra care as well, especially when it comes to mental wellbeing. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Mothers and fathers of premature babies in the NICU need a little extra care as well, especially when it comes to mental well being. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Florida Hospital is screening for postpartum depression in parents of babies in the neo-natal intensive care unit. Chaplain Jocelyn Shaw says a team of a physicians, nurses, counselors and chaplains ask questions to get at the patient’s overall physical and mental health.

“Our patients in the NICU have no voice because they’re babies.  But their parents have a very loud voice. Our babies don’t speak but their parents have a lot to say.”

A recent study in the Journal of Perinatology found 25 percent of mothers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, after having a baby in the NICU.

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