Blog: What’s New

Participate in Research on Peer Support!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Comprehensive Family Support, What's New | 0 comments

Our contacts in Britain are doing some very important research on the value of peer-to-peer support for NICU parents, and are looking for people around the world who do peer support to participate.  Read below, and if this applies to you, please join in!  Thank you for supporting NICU parents!! “If you provide/work as a peer counsellor/supporter in a neonatal context, please contact Gill Thomson (GThomson@uclan.ac.uk) to take part in an international study (funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme) to explore how peer...

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We’ve been traveling around…and imagining…

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Comprehensive Family Support, What's New | 0 comments

We have more great news to share!  We just got back from the Vermont Oxford (VON) Annual Quality Congress in Chicago where we presented, along with Dr. Howard Cohen, Medical Director of the NICU at Salem Hospital in Salem, OR, our vision for Neonatal Intensive Parenting Units.  Wow!  What a concept!  Where families are the focus, not just the baby.  Where every attempt is made to avoid parent-baby separation.  Where parents stay with the baby as much as they can, with their own bed in baby’s room.  Where parents are involved in every element...

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August Update: An exciting new resource and a correction of another…

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Comprehensive Family Support, What's New | 0 comments

We are excited to introduce a new resource to the site, a document entitled Starting and Sustaining a Peer Support Program for NICU Parents.  This very complete “how to” manual was originally developed by members of the National Perinatal Association in 2001, and was just updated by current members of the NPA, with some help from our friends in the Preemie Parent support community (special thanks to Lisa Grubbs of NICU Helping Hands, Kelli Kelley of Hand to Hold, Leelee Klein of Tiny Miracles Foundation, and Heather McKinnis of...

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What’s new this summer?

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Comprehensive Family Support, What's New | 0 comments

We are so excited at the interest and positive reception that the Recommendations for Psychosocial Support for NICU Parents have gotten!  Members of the workgroup that developed the recommendations have now delivered 23 presentations across the country with more scheduled, including an international presentation at the Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia in September.  Members have presented before audiences of NICU nurses, nurse practitioners, neonatologists, obstetricians, occupational therapists, social...

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New Endorsements and an Award Given

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Comprehensive Family Support, What's New | 0 comments

We are excited to continue to collect endorsements for the Recommendations.  There are now a total of 32 professional and parent support organizations that have recognized the importance of this work to both NICU parents and NICU staff.  Please check our Supporting Organizations page to see who has signed on!  The value of having more organizations expressing support for the Recommendations is that everyone in each of those organizations can take the Recommendations back to their individual NICUs.  The most recent organization to align with...

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We’re Getting Around!

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Comprehensive Family Support, What's New | 0 comments

Members of the Workgroup on Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents have been busy spreading the “good word,” getting out and talking to different professional groups about how to make things better for parents in their NICUs. Rebecca-Chuffo Siewert addressed attendees at The Fetus & Newborn Forum in October in San Diego.  Cheryl Milford presented to the Pennsylvania Association of Infant Mental Health in October.  Carole Kenner was a keynote speaker at the University of Oklahoma Palliative Care Summit in November.  Keira...

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Transforming Your NICU: Let’s Get Started!

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in What's New | 0 comments

Transforming Your NICU:  Let’s Get Started!

    Introducing our new Quality Improvement page, with lots of resources to aid you in implementation of the Recommendations in your NICU! How do you get from here to there, when “here” is having a set of recommendations for providing comprehensive family support embedded in six different articles (see our Supplement to the December issue of Journal of Perinatology), and “there” is actually implementing the recommendations in your own NICU? How can you become a change agent, and move forward from theory to practice? And how can you...

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Bienvenido

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in What's New | 0 comments

Bienvenido

Recursos en Español Estos son algunos de nuestros recursos favoritos.  Volver a ver una lista cada vez mayor de recursos en español. Conociendo a su bebé: Una guía del desarrollo para los proveedores de servicios y para los padres de los graduados de NICU – “Este manual se desarrolló para ayudarles a los padres, padres adoptivos temporales y a las personas que  cuidan a los bebés a aprender cómo se comunican los bebés que tienen problemas médicos y los que han nacido prematuros…”  VIDEO Bebés prematuros en la UCIN:...

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Welcome, Professionals!

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in What's New | 0 comments

Welcome, Professionals!

If you work in a NICU—whether as a neonatologist, nurse practitioner, bedside nurse, neonatal therapist, or other staff—you have experienced firsthand how stressful it can be to care for tiny, fragile babies whose lives may hang in the balance. Sometimes you just don’t know how you can face another parent with “bad news.” Sometimes you may be so exhausted and stressed out, your energy only extends as far as providing the babies assigned to you with quality medical care; you may have nothing left to give to the babies’ parents. NICU parents...

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Welcome, Parents!

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in What's New | 0 comments

Welcome, Parents!

If your baby is in the NICU, you are likely to experience a range of emotions as you begin to adjust with your situation. While parents are excited to welcome their babies to the world, we often struggle with complicated and contradictory emotions. It isn’t unusual to experience fear, guilt, and even anger that your birth experience isn’t what you’d hoped and now your baby needs critical care. For most us of these difficult emotions begin to resolve over time. For some of us, those emotions can escalate into anxiety, postpartum depression, or...

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