Having a newborn child in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is understandably stressful. Previous studies have demonstrated that mothers in this setting are at increased risk for postpartum depression (PPD). In addition, a recent study indicates that rates of post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) are also very high in this population.
September marks NICU Awareness Month and is a good time to highlight programs and services dedicated to supporting families with infants in the NICU.
Postpartum Support International offers an online NICU group for parents of babies who are currently or formerly in the NICU. Led by trained PSI facilitators, this group allows participants to connect with others who have experienced the uniquely stressful environment of a NICU and will provide parents with understanding, as well as helpful tools and resources. The group meets virtually every Thursday 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT. Register for the group HERE.
Parents who have a baby in the NICU or who are now home after a NICU stay are invited to reach out to our Specialized Coordinator for NICU Parents.
In addition, their site lists resources that parents with a baby in the NICU, or who have already returned home, may find helpful:
- Support 4 NICU Parents – Website created and maintained by the National Perinatal Association with interdisciplinary guidelines for psychosocial support services for parents whose infants are in the NICU.
- Graham’s Foundation – National parent support organization for parents of micro-preemies.
- Hand to Hold – Offers some really great podcasts and support group offerings for NICU.
- NICU Helping Hands – Support, peer mentors, and information.
- NICU Parent Network – National organization of NICU peer support organizations.
- The NICU Dad – support specifically for dads who have a baby in the NICU.
- Peek a Boo ICU – Empowerment and education for families, celebration of the baby, their growth and development, and parenting in the neonatal intensive care.