About ICU baby
Get to Know ICU baby
ICU baby is the largest volunteer based, nonprofit organization in Florida that has the purpose of supporting families with a baby in the NICU.
ICU baby unites NICU families and provides emotional, financial, and informational support so that babies and families can thrive together. Since being founded in 2014, ICU baby has supported over 500 families a year as they navigate their baby’s NICU stay.
ICU baby’s Programs
Our programs are designed to be comprehensive so that you have many opportunities to receive the support that you may need.
Parents who are supported while their baby is admitted to the NICU experience decreased anxiety and greater confidence. Our team of Veteran NICU Parents have had NICU experience of their own. Rely on them to connect you with resources in the hospital and community to help guide you through your baby’s time in the NICU.
The NICU Pack Project
Your NICU Pack is a black tote bag that is filled with NICU supplies. Take out all of the items and explore them. Actively incorporate these supplies into your routine in the NICU. The more you join in on the care of your baby, the more confident and prepared you will be when you bring your baby home.
Parents who have a baby in the NICU at the same time as you may be able to relate to what you are going through. It is also critical to take care of yourself by drinking and eating regularly. Our Meaningful Meals program offers catered breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to families with a baby admitted to the NICU. Our meals are served at the hospital on designated days and provide you with a short break from the unit, a complete meal and the opportunity to connect with other NICU parents. Visit our calendar to see the Meaningful Meals schedule at your hospital.
Babies typically do better in the NICU when they are visited regularly. We know that expensive transportation costs may prevent you from visiting as often as you would like. Reach out to your hospital’s social worker to find out if you qualify for our Transportation Assistance Program which helps pay for the costs of travel from your home to and from the hospital.
Temporarily Suspended Due to COVID
Speak softly, read or sing to your baby when you are in the NICU. This benefits your baby developmentally. Our ICU Read Team can also read stories to your baby when you are not able to be in the NICU.
Your baby’s healthcare team will speak with you about the severity of your baby’s condition. If you experience a loss, specially trained ICU baby Parent-to-Parent Bereavement Supporters will support you and provide you with community resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.