What We Do
Families’ Bridge to Caring Hands strives to increase support for potential parents of infants in the NICU in order to bridge the gap in bonding. We utilize an evidence-based approach to educate Antepartum, Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, Lactation, and NICU nurses about how to maximize support for potential NICU parents. The initial reaction of parents, when they first see their infant in the NICU setting, is often one of fear and sadness, which can disrupt the normal bonding process of families. Parents of preterm infants can experience increased instances of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which can ultimately result in poor outcomes for the infant, and for parental bonding. Parents often struggle during the NICU admission process because they lack the knowledge of what to expect during their infant’s NICU hospitalization.
In order to decrease parental stress and facilitate bonding, Families’ Bridge to Caring Hands educates perinatal and NICU nurses about how to best educate potential parents of infants in the NICU. One of the best ways to counteract the stress which parents may experience when their infant is in the NICU is through ongoing education prior to the infant’s NICU admission about bonding promotion, early initiation of breastfeeding, and family centered care. Promotion of bonding and family centered care within, and outside of the NICU setting, allows for the family to be incorporated in decision-making, promotes improved attachment, empowers parents, and supports the family’s overall emotional well-being.
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