Loyalty and Hope: Keys to Parenting in the NICU
When a newborn is admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit the parents may experience a variety of emotions, including a heightened sense of loyalty to their child. While health care providers are working to meet the medical needs of their patients, parents need to find ways to fulfill this sense of loyalty and to express it via hope. Through sharing the experience of having a child in the NICU, I examine hope and loyalty as critical features of parents' NICU experience, explaining why these emotions need to be acknowledged and encouraged by health care professionals.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2003
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