Parent Admission Checklist

You are the most important member of your baby's care team. This form shows the progression from admission to discharge. We encourage you to complete the parent checklist to become involved in your baby's care, and to monitor your baby's milestones on the discharge checklist on the second page of this form. The checklist can be found here:

Parent Admission Checklist
Parent Admission Checklist (Spanish)

Development by Gestational Age

Click on your baby's gestational age to learn more about sensory and motor development at that age. Find out what milestones to look for, and what parents can do to be involved in care and enhance their growth and development. 

24-26 Weeks:

27-29 Weeks:

30-32 Weeks:

33-34 Weeks:

Over 35 Weeks:

Skin-to-Skin Holding for Parents

This DVD shows a step-by-step process for parents on how to hold their infant Skin-to-Skin in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Learn tips on how to improve consistency, safety, and practice of Skin-to-Skin Holding.

Discharge Education

The big moment is just around the corner: Your baby is coming home! This presentation summarizes key things to keep in mind as you prepare for life together at home. Most of this information can also be found in your Intermountain Living and Learning booklet, A Guide to Caring for your Newborn.

Discharge from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Dada de Alta de la Unidad Neonatal de Cuidado Intensivo (NICU)

It's not too early to start getting ready to take your baby home. Discharge classes are taught on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m., and Monday's at 12:30 p.m. Plan to attend any time during your baby's stay - we encourage parents to not wait until the last minute, because it is hard to predict when your baby will be ready to go home. We also request that all parents watch the CPR, Carseat, and Period of Purple Crying DVDs in preparation for taking your baby home. The DVDs are shown after the Thursday night classes, or are available to watch at the bedside - ask your nurse about watching them. 

We give each baby a Carseat Test when they are nearing Discharge, to make sure that they can breathe well in their carseat for the ride home. You will need to bring in your carseat, with the base, a day or two before discharge - ask your nurse about when to bring it in.

More Patient Resources

The newborn intensive care unit (NICU) and special care nursery (SCN) provide care to babies who are premature, critically ill, or have other conditions requiring special care. Learn what to expect when your baby is the NICU:

A Guide to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Nursery (SCN)

Breast milk provides the best nutrition for growth and development of all babies - whether they are full-term or premature. Learn more about the expected path you and your baby will take toward breastfeeding while your baby is in the NICU:

Breastfeeding Your Baby in the NICU

Motherhood can bring on intense and unexpected feelings, both happy and sad. Many new moms go through "baby blues" - mood swings, irritability, crying spells, or anxiety that fade within a week or two. But for some new moms the symptoms are more intense or don't go away, signaling an illness called postpartum depression. Learn more about postpartum depression:

Postpartum Depression

Premature and sick babies are easily stressed and over-stimulated. They need quiet and rest in order to heal and grow. We ask you to keep the well-being of your baby and other babies and their families in mind by following our NICU Family Participation Guidelines.

NICU Family Participation Guidelines
NICU Family Participation Guidelines (Spanish)

Ask your nurse about these and other additional resources for families of NICU patients:

  • Breastfeeding ABC's
  • Breast pumping information