Expectant parents preparing for the birth of a baby with Down syndrome will read information in our book and other on-line resources discussing the possibility of a NICU stay. Mom Adina over at Baby Center conducted an informal poll of moms which found the following:
32.4 percent of babies went home with mom
24.3 percent spent less than 2 weeks in NICU
19.8 percent spent 2 to 4 weeks in NICU
9 percent spent 4 to 6 weeks in NICU
14.4 percent spent over 6 weeks in NICU
Adina’s poll shows over half of the babies with Down syndrome had no NICU stay or only a short NICU stay. But a large percentage do have a stay over 2 weeks. So while many babies will not have a NICU stay, practically speaking it is a very good idea to prepare for the possibility.
Experienced moms, did your baby have a NICU stay? If so, what advice do you have for expectant moms who wish to prepare for that possibility?
(Original post January 7, 2011)