Being a NICU parent and a doctor: Jasmine Antoine at DFTB18

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Jasmine Antoine. Being a NICU parent and a doctor: Jasmine Antoine at DFTB18, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2020. Available at:

The neonatal world is different from the remainder of paediatrics; it is one of the most confronting places a paediatric trainee will work. From your first day you may be asked to intubate the smallest patient you have ever seen. The next may involve the unsuccessful resuscitation of a term infant. Many of us will have never seen a child die before working in the neonatal intensive care unit. The NICU is as terrifying and challenging as it is wonderous. We care for those so small they can fit in your palm and so sick that you contemplate how many more medications can be prescribed and infused. In this presentation from DFTB18 – Science + Story, I explore why the majority of us leave the NICU burnt out. The challenges of working and parenting in NICU. The barriers we face to reduce this trauma and stress, as well as how we can make our experience in NICU better for ourselves and colleagues. I provide the unique perspective of being both an advanced trainee in Neonatology as well as a mother of twin premature babies.  

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10 Thinks: A Message from Parents

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Grace Leo. 10 Thinks: A Message from Parents, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:

Recently JAMA Pediatrics featured an article from their ‘On My Mind‘ section by parent caregivers of children with chronic, complex medical conditions. The authors Angela Carosella, Alexis Snyder and Erin Ward worked with researches to survey and distill many of the challenges of being parents within the health care system. They suggest 10 ways that health care professionals might help parents caring with children with complex needs.

We thought these ideas were important to carry around with us in our day to day practice so we’ve summarised their key points into a A4 infographic poster ’10 Thinks’ below. We recommend you can also check out the original message and research here with their survey report here.