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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Show the book as you are reading.
- Remember to look at the camera occasionally as you record.
Check out the website in Hebrew: https://neuroimaging-center.technion.ac.il/iw/עברית-ספרים-פודקאסטים-וקריאה-מהנה-ליל/
Reliable Perinatal COVID-19 Information Online
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
Nurse.org 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!! https://mailchi.mp/kupchikconsulting/caringforthecriticallyill