The Benefits for Families in the NICU
Keeping Parents Well-Nourished
It’s exhausting and stressful looking after a baby in the NICU, our programs help to ensure parents stay well and healthy during this time.
Support Network for Parents
Families of premature or sick babies can often feel isolated during their time in the NICU. In many cases, for the safety of baby, extended families are unable to visit during their stay in the NICU. This leaves families without their usual support network during an incredibly difficult and stressful time. Their usual support network are also often unable to relate to the challenge and pressures that having a baby long term in hospital can bring.
Recent research indicates that parents in the NICU benefit from support from other parents within the unit going through a similar experience. NICU Food From the Heart helps to nurture those all-important bonds between parents in the NICU. We provide an opportunity for parents to meet and support each other in a relaxed informal setting.
Improving Baby’s Outcomes
Parent participation in baby’s care while in hospital is now recognised as essential in supporting positive long-term outcomes of premature and sick babies and the whole family unit. We encourage parents to spend more time with baby to support their bonding. We also support Mothers establishing breastfeeding as the quality of breastmilk can be dependent on the health of mum.
Reducing the Financial Burden
The extended time in hospital can place considerable financial burden on families as many have to rely on expensive hospital canteen meals or food delivery services. Many resort to living off vending machines and can sometimes go days without a proper meal. NICU Food From the Heart provides parents with healthy, nourishing meals and much desired snacks in a convenient and supportive space.