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In this brief interview, BWPC's Ta-She-Ra Manning (Program Coordinator & Doula Trainee) opens up about her journey through the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) with her premature baby, Chanel. Discover valuable tips on bonding, handling challenges, breastfeeding, self-care, and more!


00:07 - Tell us a little about baby Chanel

00:58 - Challenges in the NICU

01:11 - Tips for communicating with your care team

01:33 - Tips for getting time with your lactation specialist

02:08 - Breastfeeding challenges

02:46 - Tips for bonding with your baby in the NICU

04:46 - Tips to cope with fears and worries

07:07 - Tips for self-care

08:10 - Build your circle of support

08:37 - What do you wish you knew then that you know now?

10:02 - Tips for advocating for yourself and your baby

10:34 - Encouragement

11:07 - Find additional resources

Health briefs mentioned:

Learn more about premature birth here

Learn more about kangaroo care (skin-to-skin) here

Learn more about donated breastmilk here

Learn more about doulas here

Learn more about preeclampsia here

Learn more about gestational diabetes here

Learn more about anemia during pregnancy here

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