Find a Confidant or Support Person
Finding an emotional release through a confidant can help with your NICU journey. Seek out your partner, a relative or friend with whom to share your thoughts. Remember your immediate access to the social workers and spiritual services at your hospital. They're there to walk with you during this difficult time. In addition, your hospital may have support groups you can tap into.
Ask if your hospital is a March of Dimes NICU Family Support site, which spans all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Through this program, the March of Dimes connects NICU families with the information and comfort they need. The organization works with hospitals to enhance delivery of care that is focused on the newborn and entire family and provide staff development. You can also locate local chapters through the March of Dimes Web site.
Check out some online venues, too. For example, connect with ShareYourStory.org, the March of Dimes' online community developed specifically to help families in similar experiences connect with each other. Thanks to a team of health education and technical professionals and volunteers, this site is not only a comforting online community for members, but also a safe venue.