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The Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) Family to Family web forum provides a space for parents to support each other after leaving the NICU.

Project Overview

The NICU Family to Family private forum provides a space for parents to support each other after leaving the NICU. The site serves to support families of babies discharged from our NICU with medical devices or ongoing feeding issues. The team encourages parents to share both challenges and solutions with one another.

The NICU Family to Family Forum was created in partnership with Kinsights. Kinsights provides an online forum resource for parents to connect with other parents.

  • Forum provides an additional tool for families to connect with other NICU families
  • A centralized place for families to access discharge education materials online

Healthcare Context

Families are sent home in the NICU with babies who require medical devices in home settings. Though our families receive extensive discharge teaching in the controlled hospital setting, once they get home, much changes (i.e. home environment, baby developmental stage) and families often have many questions on how to use the equipment in the home setting. Families need a centralized place to ask questions about how to use the equipment in the home setting.

Team

Dr. Anne Hansen

Clinical Innovator

Ashley Park

Regina Pezanowski, RN

Clinical Innovator