All of us at FSNCC welcome you and your baby to Cone Health Women's Hospital of Greensboro. Although you are undoubtedly excited about the arrival of your little one, we understand that a NICU stay was probably not what you imagined when you dreamed of your baby's first days of life. Please know that we are here to support you throughout your NICU experience, and beyond. All of our services are completely free and confidential. Our main office is located just across the hall from the NICU and is supported by Cone Health, the Guilford County Partnership for Children, and other grant-funding.
With the support of a former NICU family, we collect donations to provide special positioning aids (also known as "frogs") to babies in the NICU. If you would like to donate a frog, please see our donations page.
Our Elizabeth's Closet (Baby Basics Program) provides baby care items and equipment for families needing assistance. If you are having difficulty purchasing the supplies you need to care for your baby at home, please ask to speak to the NICU Social Worker, or give us a call at 336.832.6507.
Our blanket project provides a special keepsake blanket to all new NICU families to inform them about our services. One of our staff members may bring you a blanket, or leave one in your baby's bottom drawer. It's tied with a ribbon and has our contact information on it. Feel free to take this blanket home with you to both remember your stay and to connect with us later if decided.
Here at FSNCC, we know that delivering books to our NICU families twice a month may seem like a small gesture... but its value is priceless! Reading to your baby, even at this young age, helps with bonding, comfort, increased vocabulary, cognitive stimulation... and more restful sleep! The benefits are endless and parents are establishing an amazing habit that will nurture their child for years to come.
We know that the stress of a NICU stay is extensive and impacts all aspects of your life. Something as simple as arranging child care for your other little ones, re-arranging work, or paying for gas can often keep families from spending time in the NICU with their little one. That's why we offer a limited supply of gas vouchers for families needing assistance with travel costs to and from Women's Hospital.
We know that the challenges of a NICU stay don't always end with the NICU. We want you to know when you leave the hospital you aren't alone as you navigate the journey ahead. If you are a Guilford County resident and meet qualifications, our Early Interventionist will be happy to connect with you during your NICU stay. Following discharge, our Interventionist, Lisa, will visit you at home for approximately 4-6 months to help monitor your baby's development and connect you with community services.
There is so much to learn while experiencing a NICU stay! That's why we provide a well-stocked and curated lending library featuring the latest books about having a baby in the NICU and prematurity. Ask your nurse to contact one of our staff members to help you access library materials. Books can be checked out and used as long as your baby is a patient. Please leave all returned books with the secretary at the nurse's station.
Oftentimes the best and most empathetic support comes from other parents who have walked in your shoes. Our parent-to-parent mentors are trained parents who have experienced a NICU stay themselves and want to encourage others walking a similar path. If you would like to speak with a caring person who has "been there", please let our staff know.
A NICU stay can be a confusing and overwhelming time for big brothers & sisters. Oftentimes siblings are unable to visit their brother or sister in the unit and struggle sharing their mom and/or dad as they leave for visits. Our Sibling Orientation Program offers the support and information siblings crave, with information they deserve, communicated on their level. From sibling comfort blankets, beanie babies, books about being a sibling, etc. we want siblings to feel both empowered and seen in this process. This program is most beneficial for families facing a NICU stay greater than one week and for siblings ages 4-11.
Congratulations on your beautiful new addition. For families of children born with down syndrome, cleft lip & palate, and other conditions, our organization is committed to both serving you and connecting you with additional special assistance. We partner with and promote many local organizations, including the Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro, Operation Smile, and more. All because we believe you weren't meant to walk this road alone... we're here to help.
Our staff offers a variety of special events throughout the year that provide opportunities for our families to connect with others who have "been there". These events range from luncheons and dinners directly in the hospital, to NICU reunions we host in conjunction with Cone Health, picnics, and community events held in conjunction with downtown Greensboro. If you'd like to 'stay in the know', please click the button below.