Not all babies in the NICU survive. It is the heartbreaking reality that ICU baby co-Founder, Nichole Aldrich, knows personally and ICU baby volunteers witness every month in the NICUs that the organization benefits. ICU baby’s Bereavement Program will offer NICU families a gift in memory of their baby and much needed support during this extremely difficult and painful journey. ICU baby will connect the baby’s parents with a volunteer that has suffered a similar loss and understand the parents’ emotions. Sharing memories, hopes, and disappointments is an important part of the grieving and healing process. ICU baby will unveil its Bereavement Program in the Spring of 2018 in the NICUs of Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Baptist Health System’s South Miami Hospital. If you would like to help advance this program, please Contact Us.
ICU baby understands that parents often struggle with who will care for their other children while they visit their baby in the NICU. Childcare costs can be prohibitive, especially when a NICU stay is prolonged. Often hospital protocol prevents children from frequenting the unit and when they are able to enter, it is difficult for them to stay long. ICU baby’s goal is to have a designated area in the hospital for siblings to be cared for while their parents spend time in the NICU. If you would like to help advance this program, please Contact Us.
ICU baby intends to expand its support to other NICUs in South Florida. The organization recognizes that all NICU families need support and hopes to help more families each year through its efforts. If you would like to help advance this program, please Contact Us.