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How can I manage the negative emotions associated with giving birth to a preemie?
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Dr. Sue Hall
Pediatrics
In brief: Get some help!
It is normal to feel upset, angry and sad when your pregnancy ends with birth of a premature baby.
New mothers can be overwhelmed with negative emotions, and these can trigger postpartum depression. It's important to seek support, whether from friends/family, your nicu's social worker, or a trained therapist. You need to deal with the negative feelings so you can bond with and help your baby.

In brief: Get some help!
It is normal to feel upset, angry and sad when your pregnancy ends with birth of a premature baby.
New mothers can be overwhelmed with negative emotions, and these can trigger postpartum depression. It's important to seek support, whether from friends/family, your nicu's social worker, or a trained therapist. You need to deal with the negative feelings so you can bond with and help your baby.
Dr. Sue Hall
Dr. Sue Hall
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Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Talk about it...
These feelings can be normal.
I recommend that you discuss your feelings openly with your partner, family & friends. Often talking about your feelings helps. If that isn't making you feel better talk to your md. Mom's of premature babies often feel guilty about the early birth - even when they did nothing wrong. If symptoms persist talk to your md and be screened for possible postpartum depression.

In brief: Talk about it...
These feelings can be normal.
I recommend that you discuss your feelings openly with your partner, family & friends. Often talking about your feelings helps. If that isn't making you feel better talk to your md. Mom's of premature babies often feel guilty about the early birth - even when they did nothing wrong. If symptoms persist talk to your md and be screened for possible postpartum depression.
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
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