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March of Dimes' NICU Family Support® program offers additional comfort to those who need it most

November 17, 2016

Baystate Children's Hospital has joined forces with the March of Dimes as the newest member of their NICU Family Support® signature program.

As part of the program, the March of Dimes works in conjunction with local hospital partners to provide accurate, trusted, and meaningful information and comfort to families experiencing a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) stay. NICU Family Support provides information and comfort to families of premature and other critically ill newborns when they need it most.

The area's only NICU

The Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Baystate Children’s Hospital - a fully-accredited hospital within Baystate Medical Center - is the region’s only Level III NICU.

When families are preparing for a new baby, no one expects anything to go wrong. But every year approximately 1 in 10 newborns, and over 1,500 in Western Massachusetts, are admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) because they are born too soon, too small, or with a birth defect. The hospitalization of a baby in a NICU can be one of the most frightening, confusing and overwhelming experiences a parent can have. March of Dimes NICU Family Support® provides information and comfort to families experiencing a NICU stay, coordinates a hospital’s family support activities, and provides staff professional development on Family-Centered Care.