Taking a baby home after delivery is the start of an amazing adventure – but it is also a challenging time for every family.
There is even more stress when your family leaves the hospital with a baby knowing it has CHD and will need surgery. At times you may be afraid that your child is in danger, or feel overwhelmed by your parental responsibilities.
The medical team and nurses at the hospital will teach you many things about caring for your baby, but you may still worry that you will not know how to do everything when you get home. It is very common for parents to forget things and need additional help.
There is a lot to learn as you prepare to discharge from the hospital. Feel confident that with every day and week that passes at home, you will better understand how to care for your child while preparing for surgery.
Keep in mind that you do not have to go through this CHD care journey alone. Be sure to reach out to others for help and advice, and get the emotional support you need along the way.