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Support for Parents

support for parents well-being


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.


  • 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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