According to NICU Parent, 10-15% of infants will utilize NICU care. Although each of my daughters arrived without complications, one did fall into that category. She couldn’t maintain her body temperature. That required what this app defined as “advanced newborn care”. Luckily, it was something minor that corrected itself quickly. It was still concerning for a new mom though and I’m grateful, after several years, to have a better understanding of the middle of the night care she received.
For parents who find their new arrival requiring specialized care, it’s a frightening time filled with questions and anxiety. NICU Parent provides a quick reference library to answer initial questions and prepare parents for the sometimes complicated things ahead.
I was very impressed with the short but complete descriptions that were given. Broken into categories, areas focus on the following:
- What is NICU?
- Why in NICU?
- Levels of Care?
- NICU’s Staff
- NICU’s Equipment
- Parent’s Psychology
- About Premature Babies
- Kangaroo Method
The dialog is easy to follow and understand, but complex enough to prepare parents to understand the new world they will be involved with. It has been my experience, that even if you know only some basic terminology when discussing medical plans, it demonstrates your desire to learn and participate as part of the caregiving team. “Being properly informed about the progress of your baby’s health strengthens the relationship of trust with the staff of the unit.”
A basic diary is available for record keeping. It has entry options for “What the Doctors said” and “What I Think – How I Feel” I think the second part is often just as important as the first, particularly when it comes to making decisions about critical care.
The app was developed by a 15 year-old, NICU graduate, who matter of factly states, “without the immediate intervention, the assistance and the excellent scientific support of the staff of the whole unit, I certainly couldn’t be in a position to develop applications for mobile phones today.” Both as a tribute to initial caregivers and a support for concerned parents, NICU Parent does a great job.
Price when Reviewed: Free
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Seller: Petros Demetrakopoulos
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.