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

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 in Comprehensive Family Support, What's New

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 Graham’s Foundation for sharing resources with us).  We have already had numerous requests for this resource; check it out!

We have uploaded a corrected version of our NPA NICU Self-Assessment – Aug 2016.  The scoring system was updated to reflect the fact that we changed from a “yes =1/no = 0” rubric regarding family support services to “yes = 2/some = 1/no = 0” rubric, which essentially doubled the possible points.  We are sorry for not catching this error earlier!

We hope some of you will be joining us in Chicago next month at the Vermont Oxford Network’s Annual Quality Congress where we will be co-presenting with Dr. Howard Cohen, of Salem Hospital in Salem, Oregon, on how to use quality improvement techniques to expand delivery of comprehensive family support services to NICU parents.  The highlight will be our description and definition of what constitutes a “Neonatal Intensive Parenting Unit.”  More to come in the future on this exciting topic…