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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:So I'm working in the Neonatal ICU. I'm taking care of teeny preemie babies...

Last night one of the kids was acting all fussy. I checked him out...he wasn't sick (he's one of our healthiest patients). He's been eating like a champ. He'd been burped. He didn't have a dirty butt. (If you had a dirty butt, you'd be upset, too!)

And so my clinical impression was to look at the nurses and say "I think he needs to be loved."

So I disconnected him from his monitors and bundled him tightly...and picked him up. And he nestled his head into the crook of my neck and I rocked him gently as I sat at the table and did my work with my free hand.

Here was this tiny little person, truly innocent and truly helpless...and his head was in the crook of my neck. I couldn't help it...I fell in love with the baby. His little gurgles and murmurs and his wriggles and squirms. I'm not such a baby person; I like kids age 3 and older. But this little kid just hit those buttons. And, as a side-effect...he quieted down immediately and fell fast asleep curled up against me. I was right...he just needed to be loved.

It's amazing how quickly it happens and how powerful a stimulus an infant is. The parents here can attest, I'm sure. Of course, for me, the benefit was that once the baby was asleep, I put him down and left the rest of his care to the nurses. I do change diapers and feed babies when I'm not busy with other work because it's food for the soul, but I love that I can give them back...

...for now, anyway.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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VampyricAcid
SILVER Member since Jun 2005

VampyricAcid

veteran
Location: My House, United Kingdom

Total posts: 1286
Posted:awww doc's gettin a bit broody, heh babies are cool, they can communicate without words, dont know hate, and do the funniest things!

(although ugly babies can be a bit scary at times)


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SILVER Member since Jan 2005

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Pooh-Bah
Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Total posts: 1785
Posted:aaaaaaawwww

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Lemonkey


Lemonkey

Stalking amidst the desert, carrying an oversized scalpel...
Location: Huddersfield + Hull Uni... UK.

Total posts: 1019
Posted:I hate children...

Willy - is bad for your health...

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quiet


quiet

analytic
Location: bristol

Total posts: 503
Posted:you have no soul . . .

ture na sig

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Sethis
BRONZE Member since May 2005

Sethis

Pooh-Bah
Location: York University, United Kingdo...

Total posts: 1762
Posted::dito:

Love kids. Going into teaching, so I'll have to deal with them when they hit puberty and develope a mouth. Maybe I should've gone for nursing instead wink


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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali, Australia

Total posts: 4030
Posted:Where I had my first baby was a small hospital in a rural area... they hadn't gotten as far as high tech care for premmies or other 'high care' newbies. (shipped em away if they needed seriously serious care like operations). Their standard treatment was to wrap them up and have a nurse aid cuddle them all day. Worked a treat!

.....Can't juggle balls but I sure as hell can juggle details....

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Kyrian


Dreamer
Location: York, England

Total posts: 4308
Posted:i keep hoping that when i become a mother i will get all those hormones that make me not hate the thing when its below one year of age....

Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

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New Hampshire has a point....

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The Tea Fairy
SILVER Member since Jul 2004

The Tea Fairy

old hand
Location: Behind you...

Total posts: 853
Posted:I've an old friend who used to be very psychologically unstable, until she had a gorgeous little girl... it sorted her head out, I think up to that point she had spent her whole life feeling like she couldn't bring herself to love someone else completely in case she got hurt. She was blessed with a little girl who has such a kind, curious, loving nature and my friend is so, so happy now.

I only get broody when I talk to her, seeing the love they share is overwhelming.


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Lemonkey


Lemonkey

Stalking amidst the desert, carrying an oversized scalpel...
Location: Huddersfield + Hull Uni... UK.

Total posts: 1019
Posted:Written by: quiet

you have no soul . . .



So I like to think. smile


Willy - is bad for your health...

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FireByNite
SILVER Member since Dec 2004

FireByNite

Are you up for it??
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Total posts: 349
Posted:doc lightning - you're dead on with picking up the baby. After having 3 children - all being 2 months prem, one of the key things that the nurses in the Special care unit did was to make sure that parents held & cuddled the child smile especially whilst tube feeding. They did it too while the parents weren't there (not too much) to make sure that the babies didn't miss out. The only ones that couldn't were the ones in the NICU (intensive care)
It makes such a difference to both the baby & the parents - it's very hard to leave hospital knowing your baby is staying there.
Good on you - keep up the good work smile oh & wait til you get that feeling with your own child one day


Are you up for it?
wink;)

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tainted


tainted

addict
Location: London

Total posts: 422
Posted:Yey babies are strong little critters, my brother and hisgirlfriend just had there first child 2 1/2 months prem and it hasnt been going well, but the little fighter wont give in and is slowley gaining strength smile

There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers...

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DarthMeaux


The artist formerly known as Phae'xorl.
Location: South-East Ohio (the foothills...

Total posts: 145
Posted:As the father of an eight month old I can attest to the power of a happy, cuddley baby. My daughter Fiona has cheered many a sad person up. And Doc, I agree sometimes all a baby needs is love (don't we all though sometimes?).

"...heaven is ordering a six piece chicken nugget and getting seven...and a switchblade."

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Vixen
SILVER Member since Jan 2004

Vixen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Oxfordshire/Wiltshire, United ...

Total posts: 3276
Posted:awwwwwww..... thats the cutest thing ive heard in ages.... awwwww!!! xxx

tHeReS gOoD aNd EvIl iN EaCh InDiViDuAl fIrE, iDeNtIfIeS nEeDs AnD fEeDs OuR dEsIrEs.

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DarthMeaux


The artist formerly known as Phae'xorl.
Location: South-East Ohio (the foothills...

Total posts: 145
Posted:Shh, I've got a rep to uphold y'know! wink

"...heaven is ordering a six piece chicken nugget and getting seven...and a switchblade."

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TinklePants
GOLD Member since Jul 2005

TinklePants

Clique Infiltrator, Cunning Linguist and Master Debator
Location: Edinburgh burgh burrrrrr, Unit...

Total posts: 4217
Posted:My 4mth old was only a day early but she was tiny! She weighed 6lb 6oz. you forget how small they are in the beginning, their noses still squashed against their faces awwwwwwww

and as I write this, my li'l one is on my knee, dribbling onto my hand and lap.

Nice!


Always use "so's your face" and "only on Tuesdays" in as many conversations possible

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Arty Farty
BRONZE Member since Jul 2005

Arty Farty

I wear yellow on monday
Location: Farnham Ahoy, United Kingdom

Total posts: 551
Posted:ahhhhh, now i feel all warm and fuzzy inside.



hugs all round hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug


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J-J


member
Location: Perth, Australia

Total posts: 41
Posted:Right on doc L hug

I've read/heard somewhere that premature babies who are caressed or cuddled while they are in the premature care unit both gain weight faster and are released earlier than babies that aren't.

The doc may want to make some comment on this, but it makes perfect sense to me. Love nutures and encourages growth. Big hugs for everyone


"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by" - Douglas Adams

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Arty Farty
BRONZE Member since Jul 2005

Arty Farty

I wear yellow on monday
Location: Farnham Ahoy, United Kingdom

Total posts: 551
Posted:i can see the begginings of the huggyest loveyest thread ever



here, have some more



hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug


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