These are unprecedented times.  The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought the global healthcare community to its knees. While this pandemic has (thankfully) spared our vulnerable population, our families and staff feel the burden of social distancing requirements, staffing stretch, and visitation guidelines that have, in some cases, completely blocked parents from being at their baby’s bedside.  We’ve compiled a list of resources that we hope will help NICU staff and the families we serve

Hand to Hold Launches Virtual Support Group for NICU Families

The new virtual parent support groups are modeled after Hand to Hold’s in-person and in-hospital support groups. The virtual services are available free of charge to all families and caregivers of NICU babies and have been sponsored by Huggies.

Hand to Hold will offer multiple groups each week in English and Spanish starting on April 7. Parents can register for groups on the organization’s website where dates and times are listed.

In the photo: Christine Tester, Hand to Hold’s family support specialist, leads a support group, which are offered free of charge in English and Spanish.

Grandparent Virtual Library

Dr. Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, PhD was a speaker at the 2020 ONE Conference where she shared her work in understanding the physiological and cognitive benefits of parent-child interaction through dialogic reading.

Wanting to create some positivity amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Horowitz-Kraus has created the largest grandma-grandpa library in Hebrew and would like to work on expanding the library to English and other languages. To participate, grandparents (or anyone) should simply record themselves reading a book and email the video to Dr. Horowitz-Kraus at

Tips for Recording

  • Show the book as you are reading.
  • Remember to look at the camera occasionally as you record.

Check out the website in Hebrew:עברית-ספרים-פודקאסטים-וקריאה-מהנה-ליל/

And in English:עברית-ספרים-פודקאסטים-וקריאה-מהנה-ליל/

Reliable Perinatal COVID-19 Information Online

The flood of information (and misinformation) online regarding COVID-19 is overwhelming.  It is imperative as NICU professionals that we have resources of reliable information at the ready.  Here are a few of our favorites:

March of Dimes 

Coronavirus Disease(COVID-19): What you need to know about its impact on moms and babies.

National Perinatal Association

Essential COVID-19 Information and Resources for the Perinatal Community

Newborn Brain Society

Statement on COVID-19

Hope for HIE

Hope for HIE’s Statement on COVID-19

American Academy of Pediatrics

PEDIATRICS, the AAP publications, is fast-tracking and publishing the latest research and articles related to COVID-19 for free. You can view all the latest research and news on their site.

American Nursing Association (ANA)

COVID19 Webinars on Ethics, PPE, and Patient Management

ONLINE Education about COVID-19 has assembled a list of 5 free online education programs on COVID-19.  Whether you want to prepare yourself for cross-training or just increase your understanding of the disease, check these out.

One of my favorite courses from the list is by Nicole Kupchick, MSN who is offering a video series of back-to-basic adult ICU videos – They are awesome!!

Know of another program we haven’t listed? We’d love to hear from you!