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Stephanie interviews Emily Hughes, a mama who navigated a full year in the NICU with her first born child. Emily shares her story as well as tips for parents who find themselves in the NICU. We discuss what you can do to support friends and family members who have a little one in the NICU and how you can support your mental health through this process. As with Dr. Psota’s story, this one is a tear-jerker and we want to give the disclaimer that it may be triggering.

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Topics Discussed:

  • A heartfelt story about navigating life for 1 year in the NICU
  • Navigating work and NICU life
  • How to stay mentally and physically strong
  • Advice and tips for NICU parents
  • How to support parents who may be navigating the NICU
  • Resources for mamas and more

This episode's guest

Emily is a member of our Whole Mamas Pregnancy Program. She resides with her husband, Craig, daughter, Abigail, and dog in Annapolis, MD. Emily had her daughter when she was 35 years old. Abigail was born at 26.3 weeks. Emily and her family endured 314 days in the hospital, 275 of those days were spent in the NICU.

Emily and her husband completed a Whole30 while her daughter was in the NICU to help them feel their best during this difficult season. She feels compelled to tell her story so that it can help others know they’re not alone and offer support and advice to other NICU parents.