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NICU STEPS

NICU STEPS (Support Through Education and Parent Sharing) is a group of parent volunteers who offer support for parents during and after their NICU experience. This innovative, free program offers parents who have or have had a baby in the NICU a chance to meet and share with other parents to make the experience a little easier.

What Does NICU STEPS Offer?
  • Answers to questions
  • Educational topics
  • Emotional support
  • Helpful tips for NICU
  • Ideas for coping
  • Parent to parent matching
  • Resources
  • Shared experiences

Chaplain and Chapel

Your pastor, priest, rabbi, or spiritual leader is welcome to visit any time, but must be accompanied by a parent. If you or your family would like to speak with Munson’s chaplain, she may be reached at (231) 935-7163, or from a Munson courtesy phone at 5-7163. We have provided quiet space for prayer and reflection near the NICU. Staff can provide directions to the chapel. Visitors of all faiths are welcome. The chapel is always open.

Resources

Books
  • Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey, by Deborah L. Davis.
  • The Premature Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Premature Baby from Birth to Age One, by William Sears.
  • The Preemie Parents’ Companion: The Essential Guide for Caring for Your Premature Baby in the Hospital, at Home, and Through the First Years, by Susan L. Madden.
  • Kangaroo Care: The Best You Can Do to Help Your Pre-term Infant, by Susan Ludington-Hoe
  • The Latch and Other Keys to Breast-feeding Success, by Jack Newman

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