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March of Dimes NICU Family Support®

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Jackie Vander Woude
March of Dimes NICU Family Support Specialist
Phone: 605-322-4456

The NICU Family Support Program® is an important component of the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign, a nationwide effort to address the growing problem of premature birth.

Implemented at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in July 2007, the program has components that make it unique and beneficial to the families with babies in the NICU at Avera McKennan.

  • A part-time March of Dimes NICU Family Support Specialist with NICU experience is available at the hospital to work with families and staff.
  • A Chapter NICU Action Committee (CNAC) consisting of NICU families and professionals that guide the program selection, dev
    elopment and implementation.
  • March of Dimes volunteers who provide parent-to-parent support to families while they are in the NICU.
  • Sensitive and engaging Parent Care Kits are given to families in the NICU to help introduce parents to the procedures, conditions, and staff they may encounter while in the NICU.
  • Customized programs to serve the specific needs of the Avera McKennan NICU and the population it supports.
  • Professional development opportunities for NICU staff to help them sensitively support
    families on a daily basis.