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NICU Family Resources

Through multidisciplinary collaboration and a dedicated and creative team, we make families comfortable and welcome in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital. We are a family-centered facility and are comitted to the care of our tiny patients.

Some of the ways we improve a family's stay include:

  • Family coordinator rounding in NICU
  • Thursday night NICU family dinner
  • Mother's Milk Club Luncheon
  • Peer to Peer support for Ante-partum families includes rounding, NICU tours, and craft cart
  • Homeward Bound class
  • NICU Sibling story time, craft and snack event
  • Dad to Dad Support (by request)
  • Special holiday celebrations for NICU families and staff (Thanksgiving,  Christmas, Easter, Summer BBQ, Labor Day)
  • Semi-annual planting of the NICU Family garden
  • 3 Kangaroo-a-thons per year

NICU Family Coordinators and select Neonatal Family Advisors have engaged as valued team members on Quality Improvement work for over 8 years.  We represent the family voice on numerous hospital based committees and QI teams, VON QI teams, and VON travel teams. 

Some of our contributions through the years are listed below:

  • Developmental Follow Up
  • NHRMC Board of Trustees Quality & Patient Safety Retreat
  • Practice Council
  • NICU Model of Care-Kaizen Event
  • NICU Model of Care Value Stream Mapping
  • NICQ NEXT2-Teams and Teamwork
  • iNICQ2016-Choosing Antibiotics Wisely
  • NICQ Next-Optimizing Nutrition/Minimizing NEC
  • iNICQ Improving outcomes for Infants & Families affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome              
  • NICQ Infection Control

Taking your Baby Home

The special day you've been waiting for is almost here. Your baby will soon be ready to come home. Once your baby achieves the following milestones, he/she's getting closer to going home: 

  • Keeps his/herself warm
  • Sleeps in a crib, not an incubator
  • Weighs about 4 pounds or more 
  • Has learned to breast- or bottle-feed.
  • Breathes on his/her own

Getting Ready to Take Your Baby Home:  To help prepare you for going home and taking care of your baby full time, staff in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) will help you become comfortable feeding, dressing and bathing your baby. They will teach you:

  • How to give him/her medications
  • Take his/her temperature 
  • Use medical equipment at home, if needed

The more you practice caring for your baby while he/she is in the hospital, the easier it will be when you get home. Before your baby goes home, learn infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  Although you probably will never need to use CPR, it could help you save your baby's life in a medical emergency.

A team from the hospital, including your baby's primary nurse, will help you plan for your baby's discharge. They will refer you to any specialists or community services you may need, including equipment-supply companies.

You may be nervous about caring for your baby on your own. You may "room in" with your baby for a night or two before he/she goes home. Parents often find this a helpful way to prepare to go home with their babies.

One or both parents can stay with the baby and take charge of his/her care. But the nurse is there to answer any questions, if you have any.

Neonatal Family Advisory Council 2016

The Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital's Neonatal Family Advisory Council was formed in 2010 as a partnership between Neonatal Intensive Care Unit families and staff. The success of our council is directly related to the engagement and support of Family Centered Care by Senior Leadership within NHRMC, NICU, and the CCN private physician practice.

Our 25 member council is a collaborative - made up of former NICU graduate parents and includes our family coordinators, a neonatal nurse practitioner, a developmental psychologist, a lactation consultant, and a NICU nurse discharge coordinator. We are a family-driven council, in which families have a direct impact on programs and policies that affect patient and family care. We are dedicated to improving family-centered care through education and resources and by serving as another link between families and hospital staff.

Our Council empowers and encourages families to voice their needs and preferences and to play a central role in the care plan of their child. O

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