Parents Sharing Program
The Department of Social Work Services offers a number of specialized programs throughout Kravis Hospital at Mount Sinai for patients and their families. One such program is Parents Sharing, which assesses the needs of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and provides them and their families with the appropriate support.
The program includes a wide variety of specialized support activities that include:
- A quarterly newsletter containing relevant medical information as well as inspirational pieces and serves as a forum for announcements, activities, and resources for the NICU community
- A weekly NICU Parents Evening Support Group that presents parents with a forum to share and discuss their experiences
- Parents Sharing Buddy Program, which connects graduate parents with current NICU families for support
- Bedside Reading Program designed to facilitate the bonding process between parents and their newborns
Sibling Saturdays and Sundays
The Parents Sharing program offers support activities for the newborn's brothers and sisters. Social workers and RNs have organized “Sibling Saturdays” and “Sibling Sundays,” which include activity-based teaching tools to introduce siblings to the NICU experience. Children receive gift bags to help them celebrate their role as a big brother or sister.
The Parents Sharing Program receives funding in part from the UJA-Federation of New York.
To find out more about this program, contact Social Work Services in Pediatrics at 212-241-6861.