I can’t even begin to count the number of NICU mothers I’ve met who are so hard on themselves, with guilt, anger, jealousy and more.
And I totally understand where these emotions come from!
But I also see how destructive these feelings are, and it breaks my heart to watch a vulnerable mother - who is already overwhelmed, frightened & stressed out about her baby - beating herself up over something she had no control over and would have done anything to prevent. And the negativity towards oneself can go on for years!
When I learned about the concept of Self-Compassion, I knew right away that it was a concept that might help NICU mamas everywhere.
Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?
I’m not an expert on the subject, but I just know it’ll help. So I’ll share some of the articles I think you might really benefit from.
Check ‘em out, and then share YOUR thoughts: Do you think self-compassion is worth talking about with NICU moms?
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Trish Ringley is the founder and CEO of Every Tiny Thing. She has been a NICU nurse since 1997, and she's been creating the products and accessories that NICU parents love since 2014. When she's not at work caring for NICU families, she's raising her two teenage kids, gardening, and raising service dog puppies for Canine Companions for Independence.