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Hospital Liaison Program Has Help for Preemies' Parents

Posted September 13, 2007

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— One in 10 newborns is born prematurely and needs special intensive care, and the parents may need special help during that time, too.

Now, at UNC Children's Hospital, the March of Dimes has established a family-support program for families with babies who are in the neonatal intensive care unit.

A grant from the March of Dimes will help provide liaisons to help with communication between hospital staff and parents. They also will work with families during the transition home and in the event that doctors and nurses cannot save a newborn.

Brice was one of triplets to whom Lyndsey Addison gave birth on July 2. Brother Gavin went home last week, but their sister died.

The mother says the extra human touch from a March of Dimes liason helps.

The liaison was “just giving us information, providing us with books, pamphlets, general information on premature babies. Because you're thrown into that situation, you just don't know,” Lyndsey Addison said.

The March of Dimes family-support program at UNC is the first of its kind in the state and the 39th such site in the country.


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  • hawk_fan Sep 15, 2007

    The UNC NCCU staff was wonderful with our daughter six years ago. She was under 4 lbs and 6 weeks early, but the nurses and doctors were absolutely fantastic to us and to her. This new program sounds great!

  • barbiep2 Sep 15, 2007

    i am a mother of 9 year old twin boys that were born at just 27 weeks. i too know the extreme stress of worrying to a nut shell. my boys were born at pitt hospital in greenville. tahnk god for the wonderful staff that saved the two angels that god sent for me to have!!!! may god bless each and every preemie baby and their care givers!!!!!!

  • murdock Sep 14, 2007

    My child was born 12 weeks early at UNC. Got good care there but the communication was hard. One day, they told me my baby was fine and that was a mistake. Overnight, they had to start him on antibiotics. It was scary and I really wish we had had a transition time for his coming home as well. That would help a lot as we had mixed info from the NPs taking care of him.

  • Bing Used Sep 14, 2007

    Oh, and it is a miracle that so much can be done to help these babies now. A few years ago, nothing could be done to save mine born @ 20 weeks and maybe a couple of years ago I remember reading about another baby born at that gestation that had been saved and was getting ready to go home.

  • Bing Used Sep 14, 2007

    My nephew was born 8 weeks early. He was sent to WinstonSalem from Boone. This can be a scary time and I am glad there is help available.

  • lhensey Sep 14, 2007

    Our twins were also 15 weeks early, born at WakeMed. The Hospital to Home program there was a big help to our family, so much so that we still keep in touch with the staff. It is really amazing just how large the preemie community is here in the Triangle, with three big NICUs, plus the ones at Cary Wake and at Rex.

  • silvfx Sep 13, 2007

    I am the father of twins born 15 weeks premature at UNC. I can tell you from experience it is a frightening bewildering time. This type of support is priceless for those families who are struggling with the overwhelming emotions of shock, joy and grief at the birth of a baby so sick. The staff at UNC NCCU are awesome and really take the needs of the family into consideration.