You have been waiting to see your baby with a mix of hope, love, and fear about how CHD may affect their life. After planning for so long, your baby has finally arrived.
As you look at this new life that you welcomed into the world, you wish to hold and feed them, and to give them your love. But your baby is in a hospital bed. They may be connected to many machines and receiving constant medical care.
After delivery it is common for CHD parents to feel a lot of emotions when they cannot connect with and protect their baby. These feelings may be especially strong for the mother who is physically recovering from delivery, extremely tired, and experiencing emotions associated with hormonal changes.
You may feel helpless and like everything regarding your baby is uncertain and out of your control. Many parents find some relief from these feelings by getting emotional support. It can also help if you understand what is happening in the hospital during the first few days.
Whether your baby is seriously ill and immediately needs a procedure, or if you will take your baby home before surgery and schedule surgery for a later date, the first few days are filled with medical tests. These tests help the medical team learn how to manage your baby’s condition and make the best plan of care for their CHD.