NICU Advisory & Parent Support (NAPS)

Supporting Parents of Newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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Our Mission Statement
The NICU Advisory & Parent Support (NAPS) of WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a parent–led initiative with the NICU staff developed to promote the concepts of family-centered care; to advise WakeMed administration and staff on patient needs and medical center priorities from a family perspective concerning ongoing issues parents of pre-term babies face while their children are in the NICU and post-discharge; and to educate and empower families about their role in their child’s care.

The NICU Advisory & Parent Support (NAPS) at WakeMed is a program consisting of volunteers who have had premature or high-risk babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at WakeMed. The volunteers understand that it can be an unexpected and emotional experience, and are there to offer support and guidance for those with babies in the NICU at WakeMed.

What we offer
Having a high-risk or premature baby can be an overwhelming time in your life. The volunteers with NAPS can offer emotional support and non-medical information to help meet your needs during this time. Parents with a baby in the NICU can contact a former parent graduate or gain additional information at any of the NAPS meetings or activities.

Parent group meetings
Bi-monthly Parent Together meetings are held at WakeMed and are informal. They provide an opportunity for parents to relax and enjoy a nice meal. We encourage you to attend when you are ready. To confirm the dates and times for the meetings or for additional information, please speak with one of the nurses in the NICU.

WakeMed Sub-Hospital Committees
The NAPS volunteers advise WakeMed administration and staff on patient needs and medical center priorities from a family perspective concerning ongoing issues parents of pre-term babies face in the NICU and post-discharge. Parents volunteer on various hospital committees such as nutrition, family education and developmental care.

Once you are home
Once your baby is discharged from the NICU and at home, the need for support can sometimes be even greater then during your time in the hospital. Questions or concerns you weren’t aware of in the hospital may come up after you and your baby are settled. The volunteers with NAPS are here to help. Just call 919-350-8276 and one of our support parents will contact you as soon as possible.

Ways to stay in touch
If you would like to learn more about NAPS of WakeMed, please contact one of the following:

 

 

 

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Visitation Restrictions

Due to significant RSV in our community, the NICU, PICU and Children’s Hospital are currently restricting visitation for children under the age of 12.


For most otherwise healthy adults and children, RSV symptoms are much like a bad cold.  For very young patients or those with preexisting conditions like asthma or other illnesses, RSV can be very serious and even life threatening.


Help prevent the spread of RSV to Children's Hospital, PICU and NICU patients by not visiting if you are sick and by restricting visitation of younger siblings, family and friends.

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