We are extremely grateful for the support that is so generously offered to the families and babies we care for in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit and Well Baby Nurseries at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Volunteers and donors make our work possible and the lives of babies and their families better.
NICU Family Support Team: Our BWH NICU Family Support Team is led by three parents of former NICU patients. They provide one-to-one counseling to parents and also organize a host of parent events, from “date night” to “journey beads.” Often, they could use assistance with these activities. For more information, please contact NICU Parent Support Liaison Gayle Schumacher.
NICU Rockers: NICU Rockers come in two varieties. BWH has a youth program in which teens are employed to assist nurses in the Intermediate Care Unit by answering phones, performing some straightforward errands and clerical work, and rocking babies. This popular program often is over-subscribed and is not always available. Adult volunteers who wish to rock babies whose parents are not able to be with their child offer vitally important care that fosters normal development. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the BWH Office for Volunteers.
Parent-to-Parent Support: Sometimes it takes someone who has “walked the walk” to truly provide the best possible support to parents of NICU babies. If you are a former NICU parent who would be willing to share your story and provide support to parents who currently have babies in the NICU, please contact Gayle Schumacher.
Donations support many aspects of newborn care, including construction of the new NICU, purchase of specific supplies and equipment, support for parent activities or special needs, some newer clinical programs, and research.
Donations of new baby supplies, equipment or furniture: Donors have contributed many types of material goods, including new hospital furniture, car seats, supplies for parent events, and knitted hats, booties, or blankets for babies. Please contact Gayle Schumacher for more information.
Monetary donations: Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated. Donations can be directed to our department or to a specific fund or researcher. Three funds currently support the work of caring for babies and their families. These include:
If you would like make a monetary donation to the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine or to a specific fund or researcher, please visit our donation page.
Major donations, such as contributions toward construction and/or naming opportunities, are handled through the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Development Office.
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