What should I do after my baby has a birth injury?

When a baby is first diagnosed with a birth injury, such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) or another form of neonatal brain damage, parents often feel overwhelmed and unsure how to proceed. It’s important to know that feeling this way is only natural. It takes time to adjust to the idea that your baby may have a disability or complicated healthcare needs. We’ve put together a few tips that we hope will help during this time: 1. To take care of your baby, you also have to take care of yourself. Parents of children with birth injuries often experience anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health issues. Additionally, parents may be so busy and stressed that they miss out on sleep, exercise, healthy meals, etc. Remember that although you may be willing to make great sacrifices for your child, you will be better equipped to care and advocate for them if you also take care of your own mental and physical health. If you feel that your mental health has…

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