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NICU Dad Discussions
59 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
Episode 14: Parental Mental Health - Factoring Fathers in the NICU
This podcast was recorded live at Hand to Hold's 2021 NICU Community Conference. To learn more or register for Hand to Hold's 2022 NICU Community conference, visit handtohold.org/conference. Panel presenter Dr. Singley is a San Diego-based board-certified psychologist and Director of The Center for Men’s Excellence. His research and practice focus on men’s mental health with a particular emphasis on reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood. This panel discussion will begin with a brief overview of key research on factors that impact the mental health of fathers of babies in the NICU. The presenter will facilitate a panel of fathers who have experienced being parents in the NICU so as to hear their stories about support and barriers. Guests include Andrew Shaw, creator of Instafather and author, and Alex Zavala, founder of http://thenicudad.com/
44 minutes | May 19, 2022
Episode 13: Liam's Story: A Bereaved Father's NICU Journey
In this episode, Steve shares his son, Liam's, NICU journey with host David Winsman. Prioritizing self-care helped both Steve and his wife grieve and honor their son in heaven. Steve shares how he has changed since Liam's NICU journey and gives advice to other NICU parents. In this episode, Steve mentions his wife, Kelly's business. Shop Kelly's business here.
61 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Episode 12: Adam Wood of My Preemie Adventures
NICU dad and author Adam Wood shares his NICU story of his son's delivery at just 25 weeks, the feelings of guilt and failure he felt in not being able to protect his wife and child, and how he's bringing NICU parents together with his book, My Preemie Adventures.
56 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Episode 11: From Tiny to Teen: Adjusting Expectations with a Micro Preemie as They Grow
NICU dad Fabian Tejedor shares his story of having a micro preemie daughter in 2002, the anxiety of his wife's high-risk pregnancy after loss, and how he and his wife have learned to adjust their expectations at each stage of their daughter's life, from birth to the teen years.
50 minutes | May 4, 2021
NICU Dad Discussion Episode 10: Troy Bayse
Troy tells the story of wife, Rebecca, going into pre-term labor during the pandemic, as well as being in the NICU with COVID precautions in place. He describes the emotional toll of not being able to see his daughter in the NICU for three weeks.
52 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
NICU Dads Discussions Episode 9: Henry Medrano
Henry and Alex discuss his experience of his wife being on bedrest then giving birth to their twins in the NICU. They also speak about how having a micropreemie changed Henry's outlook of being in the NICU. Henry describes how he navigated his NICU experience and the challenges facing his sons during the NICU stay and after.
45 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
NICU Dad Discussions Episode 8: Jeff Bradbury
Jeff discusses the sudden birth of his triplets and the journey that followed, with one of his babies having to be in another NICU. He also gives advice to other NICU dads out there on how to cope with the pressure and stress of a long NICU stay.
54 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
NICU Dad Discussions Episode 7: Chris Cox
Chris discusses the early birth of his son, Beckett, and the seven-month NICU stay that followed. He also talks about enduring the ups and downs of that NICU stay that ultimately ended with the death of his son and the intense grief that followed. He discusses how blogging about his experience and eventually writing a book helped him cope with the situation.
48 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
NICU Dad Discussions Episode 6: Mike Kelley
Mike speaks about the unexpected early birth of his son Jackson at 24 weeks. He also discusses his journey of becoming familiar with the NICU and bonding with his son, as well as the lasting effects of a NICU stay, including anxiety and PTSD, and the continued therapies families usually face after going home from the NICU.
49 minutes | Aug 1, 2019
NICU Dad Discussions Episode 5: Erik Velez
Erik shares his story of he and his wife, Monica, getting pregnant with twins. He discusses the emotion surrounding Monica going into premature labor and losing one of their twins during labor. He talks about the surviving twin’s NICU journey and how he and his wife dealt with their loss and NICU journey
59 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
NICU Dad Discussions Episode 4: Jonathan Hayhurst
Jonathan talks about the experience of having his daughter, Evie, at 25 weeks. He discusses his daughter’s NICU stay and how he and his wife, Jen, handled it. He talks about post-NICU therapies and diagnoses for Evie and how having a NICU experience affected his marriage.
64 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
NICU Dad Discussions Episode 3: Rad White
Rad discusses his experience when his twins were born preterm. He talks about juggling two babies in the NICU at the same time. He discusses starting The NICU Beard Club and writing his book, Enter the NICU.
25 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
NICU Dad Discussions Episode 2: Alex Zavala, Part II
Alex discusses managing a NICU stay while having his older daughter at home and working. He gives advice for other dads experiencing a NICU stay. He talks about starting his blog TheNICUDad.com and what his hopes are for it.
35 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
NICU Dad Discussions Episode 1: Alex Zavala, Part I
Alex tells his story of his wife, Danielle, going into preterm labor with their daughter, Emerson. He describes the emotion behind having a baby in the NICU and eventually bringing her home.
1 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
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A podcast produced exclusively for NICU Dads. Premature birth and the NICU stay that usually follows affects all those involved, both moms and dads. On this podcast, dads share their stories and hopefully let other NICU dads out there know that they’re not alone.
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