Ways to help our NICU families
Adopt a frog. A Frog is a beanbag positioning aid that's shaped like one of those amiable amphibians. Originally designed by a NICU nurse, a Frog helps with comfortable positioning of a premature baby. The Frog may be placed around the infant's head, neck or hips. It can be adjusted for special positioning needs, or used as an extra set of hands, giving the infant a snuggled feeling. For each donation of $15, FSNCC can purchase a Frog for an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit who needs one. Please click here to visit our Donations page to make a secure online donation for a baby in need.
Organize a diaper drive. After a stressful stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, every family deserves to bring their baby home with all of the supplies and equipment needed to care for them with confidence. FSNCC is proud to offer Elizabeth's Closet, our warehouse of baby care items for qualifying families who are leaving the NICU. (Storage space for the Closet is generously provided by Two Men and a Truck.) We are always in need of new or gently used furniture, blankets, clothing, bath items...and, of course, diapers! To learn more about how you can help ensure that every family takes their baby home from the NICU with everything they need to care for their special babies, please contact us.
Our Current WISH list:
- Frog positioning aids (available through our Adopt-a-Frog program)
- New bottles with nipples
- Hooded towels
- Receiving blankets
- New or gently used infant clothing, especially preemie & newborn size clothing for girls
- Diapers, newborn or size 1
- New or gently used Boppy pillows (positioning aids often used for breastfeeding)
- Head-molding helmets
- Onesies, size newborn or 0-3 months
- New or like new baby furniture & equipment (give us a call to check for need). Please make sure these items are clean and in good working condition.
- Scrapbooks or scrapbooking supplies
- Gas cards for families who must travel long distances to be with their babies in the NICU
- Grocery gift cards or vouchers
- Restaurant gift cards or coupons
- High back, reclining high chair (great for infants & toddlers with special needs)
Become a support Parent. When a baby is born prematurely, nothing quite compares with the knowing, empathetic support that can come from another parent who has "been there." Research has shown that families tend to cope better with the special needs of a preemie when they are offered the support of another parent who has experienced a similar situation (click here to read more). It is with this understanding that we offer our Parent Matching program.
Our volunteer Support Parents experience a one-of-a-kind training program, which usually spans two evenings at the Education Center in the Women's Hospital of Greensboro. Participants enjoy dinner together while reflecting on their own family's experiences, then covering an array of topics including confidentiality; effective telephone support; responding to difficult questions; and much, much more. After training, participants are periodically matched with parents whose situations are similar to their own. FSNCC monitors the first few contacts between the families, offering ongoing support and information every step of the way. Often, relationships between "matched" families develop into long lasting friendships. Support parents are always free to accept or decline a match as their lives and schedules permit.
If you feel you could help other families by becoming a Support Parent, please contact us!
Provide a meal for one of our NICU Socials. If you are interested in providing a meal for one of our NICU socials, please email us or call (336)832-6507.