My friend had a 28 week preemie a month ago. I haven't seen my friend in person in years, she lives in another state. She shared her blog with me and I was looking through the pictures. The hospital her baby is at doesn't use developmentally appropriate positioning. In every picture with the baby on his back his arms are flailed out, his legs are froglike and there are no boundaries. I was taught that you have to keep the limbs close to the body so the muscles don't become shortened and cause the need for PT/OT.
Here is my delicate question. Do I tell my friend and how? She is happy with the care in the NICU, I don't want to make her question everything, I also don't want her to think I am being a busy body. We used to be best friends and she is the type of mom who tries to do everything the correct way, I know she would want to know. Is it too late since he is a month old? She knows I am a NICU nurse and she hasn't asked about anything, she is one of those very involved (in a good way) moms who researches everything.
Just my opinion, but.....I wouldn't do it. She sent you the blog because she's proud and happy, and your well meaning note could be a big fat downer. If she had asked your opinion, that might be different. I'm betting you're a fabulous nurse (you DID catch the positioning issue from photos), but this is not your place. It was sensitive and appropriate of you to ask for opinions.
Last edit by SusanKathleen, RN on May 9, '08
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