What are four ways that you, as a parent, can contribute to your NICU staff’s education and support?
- Once you become a graduate NICU parent and have processed your NICU stay (which may take a year or two!), you can volunteer to speak to your NICU’s staff about your experience, what helped you and what could be done better.
- You can support your NICU staff by writing a note when your baby is discharged telling them how grateful you are for the care they provided to you, your baby and your family.
- The NICU staff usually likes to receive treats from parents (cookies, flowers, etc.) as recognition of their hard work.
- The NICU staff really enjoys seeing their “graduate” babies come back to visit; it supports all their hard work to see the results of their efforts!
Recommendations for enhancing the psychosocial support of NICU parents through staff education and support: Read just the recommendations by the Workgroup on Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents, or read the full article from the December, 2015 Supplement to Journal of Perinatology.
Are you interested in having someone speak to your staff, organization, or network about best practices in staff education and support, including how parents can be helpful in educating and supporting their NICU’s staff? Click on the icon to go to our Speaker’s Bureau page to learn more about these speakers.
Rebecca Chuffo-Siewert, DNP, ARNP, NNP-BC, FAANP, neonatal nurse practitioner
Erika Goyer, National Perinatal Association, family advocate
Sue Hall, MD, neonatologist
Lisa Segre, PhD, psychologist
Keira Sorrells, Founder and Executive Director, Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation and Preemie Parent Alliance
We can also recommend the Preemie Parent Alliance Speakers Bureau for more former NICU parents who are experienced at sharing their stories with NICU professionals; this should be a vital part of any NICU staff’s education.