It’s not unusual for some of the smallest and sickest preemies to qualify for home nursing visits. These visits are usually 20-30 min long, occur within the first few weeks after discharge, and are covered by insurance. In most cases, larger preterm infants and full-term infants do not qualify for these types of visit. My home visits are different than RN visits for all of the following reasons:
I have started a new personal blog, Nova Mae M.D., to write about neonatology, home visiting, postpartum care, newborn care, the "fourth trimester," and related topics. Nova mae means "new mother" in Portuguese.Read More
Why did you start offering this service?
I want to provide the service that I wish was available when I had my first child, Grace, in 2005. When she was born I was in the middle of intense medical training, lived hundreds of miles away from my family, and we experienced multiple problems, including difficulty “latching on” while breastfeeding, jaundice, and she did not gain weight. During my maternity leave, which was supposed to be my optimal bonding time with Grace, I felt isolated and unsure of myself, and I am certain that these feelings contributed to my development of postpartum depression.Read More
Primroses (or “first roses” in Latin) are small pastel colored flowers. They were the sacred flower of Freya, who was the Norse goddess of love, and in the ancient Celtic world mothers placed primroses on their doorsteps to encourage fairies to bless their homes and families.