Posted on Nov 13, 2017 in Comprehensive Family Support, What's New

Announcing new partnerships and new resources!







My NICU Network, a collaborative comprised of three respected organizations involved in professional and parent education and support of high-risk newborns and their families, and The Wellness Network (TWN), a national leader in actionable patient education and have partnered to offer NICU Staff Education and Family Support.

NICU Staff Education and Family Support was developed to deliver timely hospital staff education and NICU family support resources to hospital NICU departments across the US.  “NICU professionals do an incredible job of caring for fragile, medically complicated newborns,” said Sara Mosher, RN, BSN, MHA, and My NICU Network co-creator.  “However, studies have shown that family-centered care and engaged parents are as critical as sophisticated medical technologies to the continued improvement and eventual home discharge of NICU babies.”

Based on the National Perinatal Association’s “Interdisciplinary Recommendations for the Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents,” published in the Journal of Perinatology, My NICU Network created Caring for NICU Babies and their Families: Providing Psychosocial Support in the NICU. My NICU Network, a collaboration between National Perinatal Association (NPA), Patient+Family Care (PFC) and Preemie Parent Alliance (PPA), developed this 7-module online continuing education series to fill known gaps in neonatal unit staff education. The program modules, which can be taken individually or as the full course, offer CEU credit accredited by PAC/LAC. Modules provide much-needed staff training and education to improve psychosocial support of families, including family-centered developmental care. Lessons focus on communication skills, emotional and peer-to-peer support, palliative and bereavement care, discharge planning and follow-up, and staff support.

A key feature of the educational course is that NICU graduate parents were involved in content creation from its inception. “We wanted NICU staff to understand the parent experience from our point of view, to personalize the medical literature and statistics. Doing so will help them meet the emotional needs of future NICU parents thus preparing the parents to advocate for their fragile babies well beyond NICU discharge,” said Keira Sorrells, Founder and President of the Preemie Parent Alliance, My NICU Network co-creator. Learning points are illustrated with quotes from parents, letting NICU staff “walk a mile in their shoes.”

“Equally as important to improved outcomes are clinically accurate yet relatable tools to help families navigate the NICU experience and their transition home,” noted Sue Hall, MD, Neonatologist, My NICU Network co-creator and Chief Medical Officer of The Wellness Network’s Your NICU Baby neonatal video and resource library.  “It is critical to have a bridge between staff education and family-centered resources so NICU staff have the tools needed to support and engage NICU families coping with this intense and complicated environment, as they work through their baby’s health challenges.”

Your NICU Baby Neonatal video and resource library, by The Wellness Network, offers 66 educational videos and 45 PDF handouts that help families successfully navigate the NICU experience and transition home. These guideline-compliant educational resources help parents and extended family members understand procedures, protocols, medical conditions and infant care so they can better adapt to baby’s NICU stay and prepare for taking care of baby once they head home. Personal stories and insights shared by experts and other NICU families help support the best outcomes for both baby and family. The on-demand content helps reassure them about the care baby is receiving, answers their questions and gives them confidence in their ability to help their early arrival or medically fragile baby thrive.

The collaborative is pleased to have financial support of the NICU Staff Education and Family Support Program by Medela.

See our NICU Staff Education Course page, or for more information about our partnership on NICU Staff Education and Family Support click here.