The North Florida Regional Medical Center, along with the March of Dimes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Family Support program that expanded to the hospital in recent months, helps families forge ahead when dealing with premature newborns.
The March of Dimes program offers families print and web resources and on-hand staff at partner hospitals. The parents receive detailed information on health issues, including anemia, breathing problems and heart defects their child could have.
Parents see their baby’s size and the wires hooked up to the baby and are often afraid to touch or hold their own child, said Mindy Friedman, the parent education coordinator at North Florida Regional Women’s Center.
The March of Dimes programs helps ease this worry by giving advice on how parents can hold their children or ways they can touch their babies if they are too fragile to be held. The program includes resources like monthly webinars for staff development, as well. The goal for the staff is to give a calming sense of support to the families in this trying situation, said Friedman.