Journal of Perinatology (2015) 35, S1–S4. doi:10.1038/jp.2015.141

Psychosocial program standards for NICU parents

M T Hynan1 and S L Hall2

  1. 1Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA
  2. 2Department of Neonatology, St John's Regional Medical Center, Oxnard, CA, USA

Correspondence: Dr SL Hall, Department of Neonatology, St John's Regional Medical Center, 1600 N. Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93030, USA. E-mail:

Received 30 August 2015; Revised 27 September 2015; Accepted 29 September 2015



This article provides a rationale for and brief description of the process of developing recommendations for program standards for psychosocial support of parents with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). A multidisciplinary workgroup of professional organizations and NICU parents was convened by the National Perinatal Association. Six interdisciplinary committees (family-centered developmental care, peer-to-peer support, mental health professionals in the NICU, palliative and bereavement care, follow-up support and staff education and support) worked to produce the recommendations found in this supplemental issue. NICU parents contributed to the work of each committee.