Top 5 Tips for Dads to Help Navigate the NICU

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Alex Zavala is the founder of The NICU Dad and father to his daughter, Emerson, born at 27 weeks. Alex joins ICU baby for Father’s Day to share his “Top 5 Tips for NICU Dads.” He explains the importance of facing the reality of the NICU, becoming informed and managing expectations. He also speaks about what he has coined “The NICU Dad Shuffle” and the conflicting priorities that dads face when their baby is in the NICU. For more information about Alex and The NICU Dad, visit, to read and share stories, get information, and see that NICU dads are not alone. As Alex says, “there are others who are riding that same NICU roller coaster ride as you.”