March of Dimes' Family Support Program
Every new parent hopes to bring a healthy baby into the world. Yet sometimes, life does not unfold as planned. At Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital, when a baby is premature or born with serious medical issues, the new family will likely find themselves at one of our neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).
This can be a very stressful, scary and even overwhelming time for parents. New moms and dads need to learn about machines and medical staff roles. There are unfamiliar medical words and terminology. But we are here to help you.
Information, support and comfort for families
Here at Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital, March of Dimes offers the NICU Family Support Program. This program provides information and comfort to families facing the challenges of having a baby too sick or too small to leave the hospital. These resources include a welcome packet to help families get settled at the hospital, a guide for parenting in the NICU, materials about babies in the NICU less than 14 days and a keepsake booklet for the baby.
During the course of their stay, families also will have opportunities to talk privately with parents that have had a baby in the NICU, and will be encouraged to attend social and informative events with other parents currently going through similar circumstances.
March of Dimes’ goal is to connect with every NICU family, providing them with pertinent information and experiences, so that moms and dads develop the skills and confidence to better care for their newborn in the hospital and when they get home.
In addition, families can access March of Dimes NICU resources online and learn more about the March of Dimes at marchofdimes.org.