Pandemic Boosts Mood Disorder Risk in Vulnerable NICU Parents
CU psychiatry program, nonprofit groups combine efforts in supporting families during doubly difficult time
Sahra Cahoon remembers watching her baby girl turn blue. As doctors and nurses rushed to the incubator, bagging the infant and performing CPR, the fear the new mother felt defies words. But at least her partner was by her side.
“We thought we were going to lose her so many times along this journey,” said Cahoon, whose first daughter was born 10 years ago at 24 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 10 ounces and measuring barely the length of a ruler. She needed resuscitation more than once during her 14-week stay in the UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
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