|Hoping I can provide support for new families.|
By Joel Brens-
However, providing support on a personal, face to face level is something I have always held dearest. When we were in in the NICU we had a chance to meet a NICU parent and their graduate at a "Pizza Huddle" at our hospital. Needing to speak to someone who gets it, we had a chance to meet Aimee Sprik, (co-founder of the online support group Life After NICU (support group)) and after our first conversation I felt we could tackle being preemie parents.
We have been working for a while now to begin a program with our hospital for a volunteer program that gives us the opportunity to speak with parents in the NICU, at their bedside, where they feel most comfortable. There was a time I thought it would never happen, but more recently the program was approved! Two moms have already had the chance to go speak to parents, and tonight, for the first time, I will spend a couple of hours back in the NICU. Not for a tour or to drop off gifts, but as a volunteer for NICU parent support. I am equal parts humbled by the trust the hospital has put on our team, excited to try and make a serious local impact on NICU families, and nervous about managing my emotions. We have been waiting for this opportunity for almost a year, and to think I am hours from making the connections I hold most dear is hard to wrap my head around.
For obvious reasons there won't be much I can discuss about this program, but for what is shareable I will be sure to do a follow up post.
I can't believe today is here!