JB, That is WONDERFUL the nicu your daughter was in enabled 24/7 rooming in for you. I didn't anticipate having an early baby so I didn't even consider going to another hospital in our area that has a brand-new nicu with this option. How long was your daughter in nicu?24/7 access makes a huge difference, I think. If I weren't able to be with my daughter whenever I wanted to it would have been much more difficult than it already was. Our NICU had private rooms for the babies (although it took a few days for our daughter to be stabilized enough to be transferred from the pod to her room) with sofas that folded into single beds for a parent to sleep on. They also had hospital grade breast pumps right there in the room we could use, and a kitchenette area for sterilizing our equipment and having meals/snacks. We were allowed to come whenever we wanted, and were only asked to step out when they were performing sterile procedures (for example, inserting and removing chest tubes) or when she had chest x-rays taken. The rest of the time we were encouraged to help with her regular care (diaper changes, taking her temperature, etc.).My 33 weeker did not have severe complications, but it was very hard leaving her every night. Some of her nurses were great and some were not. That is amazing your SIL says they had a good nicu experience. Did they have option to stay 24/7? I would have been so thankful to be able to stay with my daughter 24/7. As it was, I was just overjoyed the day we were able to bring her home. Running back & forth to nicu was exhausting. I developed blood clots the day she came home and wound up in the ER. I am so glad that experience is over!
I'm so sorry you had a rougher time, including the blood clots. That sounds horrible!
The blood clots scared me a bit more than having pre-e. Five weeks of lovenox shots took care of it though and I am so very very thankful for modern medicine!