As any parent who has gone through it would know, leaving a hospital without your child after you have given birth to him or her is perhaps the worst feeling in the world. Having to watch your child sleep in a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit while you can’t hold them or cradle them during their first days of their life basically sucks more than finding out that Ben and Jerry’s has discontinued your favorite ice cream flavor forever, to put it lightly.
While celebrities love to talk about how “wonderful” and “great” and easy childbirth for them was (copyright: Gisele Bundchen) or how “scared” and “frightened” they are over giving birth to their babies naturally, sometimes you just want them to shut up, right? Because there’s nothing more frightening and scarier than seeing your baby rolled away to the NICU after the hospital’s doctor tells you something might possibly be wrong with your child only a mere few moments after you put on your warrior face and gave birth to them after a 24-hour or even longer painful delivery that had you screaming for a bloody mary (or something stronger) because those contractions were one hell of a bitch. I mean, not everyone gives birth the Mariah Carey way with a live edition of her singing “Fantasy” at one of her Madison Square concerts with a recorded applause at the end.
But thankfully there are those celebrities who don’t pretend that their birthing experience was all rainbows and butterflies and who also admit that giving birth to a preemie and having to endure a few hellish weeks as a NICU parent was no fun – period. It’s a good thing we have celebrity moms like Faith Hill, Sheri Shepherd, and even Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Brooke Mueller who admit that seeing your baby spend their first few days in a NICU is one heck of a heart breaking experience you don’t want to go through twice.
Check out our photo gallery and some quotes we’ve complied of celebrity parents and their experiences with their babies in the neonatal intensive care unit and tell us, did you have a similar experience? My son was admitted to the NICU after his birth almost two years ago after what was considered to be a minor hospital “precaution” and let me tell you, it almost felt like having your baby sit in jail for two weeks. Did I like having to visit the hospital 5-6 time a day to breastfeed my baby in the NICU for two weeks while getting pissed that the overnight nurse would feed him formula because I was a few minutes late? Not at all. But as every good parent knows, sometimes you just have to put your anger and fear in your back pockets and do what’s best for your child.
Here’s to the NICU parents who make it out with their babies as not only survivors but as stronger parents, too. You guys deserve your bloody marys… and more. Cue the recorded applause.