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 workers, psychologists, and NICU parents. A poster we produced won first prize at the New York State Perinatal Association meeting this past June for being “of the highest merit, extending our knowledge and exposure to actions and ideas for the improvement of perinatal health for all of NY State.” Thanks to Janet Press for presenting this, and to the many others who have presented at their own professional venues.
The workgroup has also had another paper published, entitled “Transforming NICU Care to Provide Comprehensive Family Support”; this appeared in the journal Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews in June, 2016 and can be accessed at this link on this website.
We are already busy lining up presentations for Fall, 2016 and on through 2017. Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like a speaker to come to your hospital’s NICU to talk about how the recommendations can improve infant and family outcomes, and to discuss strategies for how to implement them. Together, we can make positive changes in the care of babies and their families!