NICU Classes & Support Groups
Woman’s offers an extensive education department and NICU extends the curriculum with programs designed specifically for the families of our NICU babies. With each class and support group, your confidence will build and caring for your baby will become more comfortable.
NICU Parent Group
Parents are encouraged to attend the weekly NICU parent group. Our NICU physicians, nurses, therapists and other professionals attend and cover topics such as NICU equipment, how to understand lab work results, infection control, and strategies to care for your baby in the NICU and at home. The group offers an opportunity to learn and share with other parents.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Infant CPR training is offered to all NICU parents. For some parents it is required before their baby is discharged. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests all parents learn infant CPR. To register for classes, call our Education department at (713) 791-7495.
Our child life specialists offer 1-1 education for brothers and sisters who have a new sibling in the NICU. These sessions prepare youngsters for what they will see in the NICU and help them understand why the new family member is not home yet. These sessions are available upon request.
Family Support from March of Dimes
The March of Dimes Houston chapter hosts the invaluable NICU Family Support group. This family-centered program uses parent-to-parent support to address the unique emotional needs of families who have newborns in the NICU.
Each March of Dimes NICU Family Support Specialist works to address family needs during the hospitalization of their newborn. This time is often a lengthy and emotional process where parents feel isolated and may not get to hold their baby for weeks, experience a difficult transition home, or even the death of their newborn.
Contact with other parents who are sharing a similar experience, or whose babies have "graduated" and are at home helps parents know they are not alone. Parent-to-parent mentors may provide support and informational materials. Parent education classes, creative activities and professional photography of their baby also are available to NICU families.
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