This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast, I had my friend and fellow Instagram Nurse/Educator Tori Meskin come onto the show to talk to us all about the NICU! Tori, as you can probably guess, is a NICU nurse, and she’s also a blogger, and podcaster over at the Cellfie Podcast! Today on the […]

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast, I had my friend and fellow Instagram Nurse/Educator Tori Meskin come onto the show to talk to us all about the NICU!

Tori, as you can probably guess, is a NICU nurse, and she’s also a blogger, and podcaster over at the Cellfie Podcast!

Today on the show, Tori shared her insights into what it’s like to be a NICU nurse, the most common reasons babies are admitted into the NICU, what the deal is with visiting babies in the NICU, all about kangaroo care, feeding your NICU baby, and so much more!

This has been a highly requested topic, and I am absolutely thrilled that Tori could be the one to come and talk about all things NICU. Without further ado, let’s get into the interview!

Here’s a peek at what we talked about:

  • About you, your credentials, mission + platform/practice
  • Could you tell me about a “day in the life” of a NICU nurse – what are those 12 hours like?
  • What are some of the most common reasons a baby would be admitted to the NICU?
  • What is the anticipated length of stay for a baby in the NICU? Is it always generally around the due date?
  • Talk to me about visitor restrictions! Are there any?
  • Let’s talk about kangaroo care. What is it, how is it beneficial etc. 
  • How does pumping/bringing breast milk work?
  • When will baby be able to be discharged? Are there certain requirements?
  • What about babies who come home with tube feeds and/or oxygen? What is the discharge process for that?

About Nurse Tori

Tori is a Registered Nurse with over 8 years of nursing experience specializing in neonatal and pediatric critical care. She has served as a specialty NICU & Pediatric Critical Care trained nurse serving patients in the Los Angles and Orange County areas providing direct patient care, leadership, consultation, education, and patient care management expertise for the complex neonatal & pediatric patient populations.

She has worked for Children’s Hospitals and University Hospitals in Level IV NICU, Trauma I centers, and consulting centers. As a new nurse, I completed a 20-week RN Versant Residency Program. She is trained to work in specialized areas; Small Baby Unit, Body Cooling Team, & Surgical NICU (Cardiothoracic, Gastrointestinal, Neurosurgical, & Congenital anomalies etc.)

She loves working as a nurse, blogging, podcasting, and time with my family & friends. My husband and I love to ski, travel, spend time at the beach, live an active lifestyle, and living a zesty life!

Liesel Teen, BSN-RN
Founder, Mommy Labor Nurse

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