It’s estimated that ten to 15 percent of babies born each year in the U.S. spend time in a neonatal intensive care (NICU). At PAH, approximately 40 percent of the babies born are from high-risk pregnancies and about half of those babies require advanced neonatal care. Few families are prepared for the immense strain and challenges they will face as their babies fight for their lives.
For the first time ever, September is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month, established this year by Project Sweet Peas, a national non-profit organization coordinated by volunteers who, through personal experience provide support to families with infants in intensive care and to those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.
“September is now officially a month of awareness designed to honor NICU patients, their families and the health professionals who care for them,” said Michelle Ferrant, MSN, RNC-NIC, CBC, co-chair, ICN Family Advisory Council. “With Pennsylvania Hospital’s reputation of having one of the best intensive care nurseries in the US, we certainly want to be a part of the national celebration and by increasing awareness we can strengthen our network and formulate more resources and solutions for our families experiencing life in the NICU.”
The PAH ICN Family Advisory Council is hosting an Afternoon Tea on Monday, September 29, at 3 pm, in the ICN family lounge on 2 Cathcart. “The Council thought a Tea would provide an wonderful opportunity for parents of infants still in the Intensive Care Nursery to mingle in a friendly atmosphere, We wanted to offer them a place and a few moments together to de-stress,” said Ferrant.