What Do You Bring to the Incubator? Bringing Your Best Self into the World of a Premature Baby

By Sue Ludwig

We each have a vibe. An energy. Our own individual mojo.

And it’s easy to pick up everyone else’s vibe.

We can walk away from someone feeling energized, centered, happy, or …

Not so much.

We all know people who, when asked, “How are you today?” respond consistently with a sigh, a heaving of the shoulders, and enough negative mojo to throw us backwards.

So, we get that. We feel that emanating from other people.

But do you know what your vibe is?

I work with premature babies. And one of the many things I’ve learned from them is how sensitive they are to our energy.

Let’s say I’m not having the best day at work. I’m stressed or frustrated.

If I open the portholes to an incubator and put my hands on a premature baby without leaving my stress behind, he tells me immediately he doesn’t like that vibe. He startles, furrows his brow, and moves his arms and legs erratically. This is how these babies speak.

The point is I can’t fool these preemies. I can’t pretend to have this chilled out centered vibe if it’s not true. They know. They’re expert vibe-readers who don’t have the ability to accept our drama.

These babies have taught me over time, that it’s possible to choose how I show up. That in the midst of any situation, I can take a deep breath, let go of my negativity and set an intention to allow my positive energy to go forth into the world. Or into an incubator, which is like a very small world itself.

The coolest thing is that it matters.

It matters to every person (and animal) we come into contact with. (Dogs are great vibe-readers too!) With every conversation, interaction, intervention, we have the opportunity to spread a little more of that good mojo.

And that can only be great for the world.

What are you putting out there?

Sue Ludwig

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