The birth of every child is a joyous occasion full of excitement and wonder. For the parents of premature and critically ill babies, however, it is also one filled with fear, worry, and agonizing uncertainty. Will my baby be okay? Will I be able to deal with this? These questions are very real to parents of premature and critically ill babies, but often prove just as mystifying as the beeping machines and complex medical terminology that make up the world of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It is Friends of Maddie's mission to change this. Friends of Maddie support the families of critically ill babies by easing the transition into NICU life and providing an ally until the end of their child's hospital stay. A few of the ways we will help:
- Provide NICU Family Support Packs to the nursing staff of Level III NICU's across the country which will be distributed, at their discretion, to families of children being admitted to the NICU for long term care.
- Assist in finding temporary lodging for families who live beyond commuting distance of the NICU that is treating their child.
- Create a network of former NICU families who are willing to provide counseling and more to families currently in the NICU.