Support ICU baby’s COVID-19 Programs
Dear NICU Families, Friends and Supporters,
We hope that you are healthy and well in this time of uncertainty as COVID-19 continues to impact our community. While ICU baby’s in-hospital programs have been temporarily suspended, we have adjusted some of our current programs and developed new programs to financially and emotionally support our NICU families.
- Healthy at Home Care Kits to Keep Parents Safe Outside of the Hospital
- Meaningful Meals to Support Our NICU Teams
- Transportation Assistance Program Expands to Include Emergency Funds
- Parent-to-Parent Telesupport Temporarily Replaces Bedside Support
- Meaningful Meetings to Virtually Connect NICU Parents
It’s a difficult time for everyone, but the challenges our NICU families face during the pandemic are greater than ever. ICU baby is working hard to continue to support NICU families – even when we can’t be there in person.
Together, we are #NICUSTRONG. With your help we are #STRONGERTOGETHER.
Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Have Hope.
ICU baby’s NICU Strong Response Programs
Healthy at Home Care Kits to Keep Parents Safe Outside of the Hospital
It is critical for NICU parents to have the supplies they need to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus outside of the hospital. While parents have access to masks and sanitizer when visiting the NICU, many parents are not able to obtain these supplies once they leave. This puts them at greater risk for contracting the virus and is dangerous for the baby and the medical teams when the parent enters the Unit. ICU baby’s Healthy at Home Care Kits include:
- reusable masks for both parents
- hand sanitizer,
- antibacterial soap,
- moisturizing cream for over washed hands, and
- an inspirational gift.
Let’s continue to keep our NICU community safe!
Meaningful Meals to Nourish NICU Heroes
Our medical teams are our “front lines” against COVID-19 and this includes our NICU nurses, staff and doctors who bravely enter the hospital despite the unprecedented health risks and additional responsibilities to their own families.
ICU baby has partnered with former NICU families and other generous sponsors to provide regular meals to the NICU teams. Let’s continue to applaud them for the renowned care that they provide the tiniest members of our community and show our appreciation for the NICU medical teams… our heroes.
Transportation Assistance Program Expands to Include Emergency Funds
Getting to the hospital has never been more costly or challenging for some of our NICU families. Right now, so many more families need our help. Many parents are without work or a steady stream of income. Economical options of getting to the hospital like Uber Pool and the public bus now pose health risks to the parent. Let’s help these families with the Emergency Fund of ICU baby’s Transportation Assistance Program so that no baby is alone… and no parent is unable to be in the NICU because of expensive travel costs.
Parent-to-Parent Telesupport Temporarily Replaces Bedside Support
ICU baby’s Parent-to-Parent, in-hospital support is now occurring weekly on the phone, with great success. Our volunteers, who are former NICU parents, call each NICU family and also communicate by texting and emailing them. The hospital’s collaboration has been crucial to ensure that we are connected to new NICU families. They are also helping to deliver our NICU Packs so that families have the much needed items to help care for their baby in the hospital.
Meaningful Meetings to Connect NICU Parents
Each Wednesday evening, ICU baby is now hosting a Meaningful Meeting for all families at Holtz Children’s Hospital and South Miami Hospital. Parents join our virtual ZOOM discussion with ICU baby volunteers and fellow NICU parents. It is an informal support group that can be a lifeline during their difficult NICU journey.