It was nothing like the way I had imagined it. Here I was, a minute after giving birth to my firstborn son, and he was being taken from me and rushed to the NICU to be intubated, poked, and prodded. Babananda was born with a condition called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and had to spend two weeks in the children’s hospital NICU as well as another month and a half in recovery. It was scary, challenging, and sometimes totally frustrating, but throughout that experience I learned that it IS possible to provide your hospitalized child with sensitive, holistic, and attachment based parenting. Here are some of the most important things I picked up during our time there.