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Child Life Specialists in the NICU

June 9, 2021
Having a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is an incredibly stressful experience for parents and families. GBMC offers multiple resources to help lessen that burden and make a family’s stay as comfortable as possible. Certified Child Life Specialists are part of a multidisciplinary team that specializes in helping children and their families navigate, cope with, and feel prepared for hospital experiences. The Child Life Program does not charge for its services; it is fully funded through philanthropy. In this episode of Greater Living Live, Sabrina Whiteleather, CCLS, spoke with Mary Beth Marsden to explain the program in greater detail. She covered topics such as:
  • A Child Life Specialist’s role in the NICU
  • Resources available to help parents and siblings cope with stress
  • Ways that siblings can bond with a brother or sister in the NICU
  • Methods Child Life Specialists use to help patients and families during the pandemic
  • How the community can support GBMC’s NICU and Child Life Program
Every year, GBMC holds a Father’s Day 5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk to raise funds for the NICU. This year’s event will be held on June 20, 2021! Proceeds from the 5K benefit GBMC’s tiniest patients. The money raised from last year’s race has helped the NICU implement the following new advancements to aid families in their baby's care journey:
  • A Special Care Nursery that creates a larger opportunity for family involvement and helps ease the transition to home care
  • A Bereavement Program that assists in the healing process for parents who have lost their baby
  • A Developmental Program that utilizes positioning devices, stimulating toys, and additional equipment to aide in the prevention of musculoskeletal issues
Click here to donate or register for the Father’s Day 5K!

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