Volume 35, Issue S1 (December 2015)

Interdisciplinary Recommendations for the Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents

Guest Editors: Sue L. Hall, MD, MSW, FAAP and Michael T. Hynan, PhD

A workgroup of multidisciplinary professional organizations and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) parents was convened by the National Perinatal Association. Six committees (family-centered developmental care, peer-to-peer support, mental health professionals in the NICU, palliative care and bereavement, 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. The workgroup consisted of over 50 members representing 22 academic institutions, 29 organizations including 19 professional groups and 10 parent groups. Many participants met at a summit held on Oct. 15, 2014 in St. Louis, MO. The recommendations were subsequently reviewed by multiple organizations. The introduction lists the organizations supporting the recommendations.


This work, and the meeting on which it was based, were supported by sponsorships from the Wellness Network, Prolacta Bioscience, Division of Neonatology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Brenau University, NICU Parent Support at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, MO, Hand to Hold Preemie Parent Alliance, Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation, the Rosemary Kennedy Trust and Eden's Garden. Dr. Sue Hall has a consulting agreement with the Wellness Network, but this organization had no input or editing rights to the content included in the guidelines.



Psychosocial program standards for NICU parents Open

M T Hynan and S L Hall

J Perinatol 35: S1-S4; doi:10.1038/jp.2015.141



Recommendations for involving the family in developmental care of the NICU baby Open

J W Craig, C Glick, R Phillips, S L Hall, J Smith and J Browne

J Perinatol 35: S5-S8; doi:10.1038/jp.2015.142

Recommendations for peer-to-peer support for NICU parents Open

S L Hall, D J Ryan, J Beatty and L Grubbs

J Perinatol 35: S9-S13; doi:10.1038/jp.2015.143

Recommendations for mental health professionals in the NICU Open

M T Hynan, Z Steinberg, L Baker, R Cicco, P A Geller, S Lassen, C Milford, K O Mounts, C Patterson, S Saxton, L Segre and A Stuebe

J Perinatol 35: S14-S18; doi:10.1038/jp.2015.144

Recommendations for palliative and bereavement care in the NICU: a family-centered integrative approach Open

C Kenner, J Press and D Ryan

J Perinatol 35: S19-S23; doi:10.1038/jp.2015.145

NICU discharge planning and beyond: recommendations for parent psychosocial support Open

I B Purdy, J W Craig and P Zeanah

J Perinatol 35: S24-S28; doi:10.1038/jp.2015.146

Recommendations for enhancing psychosocial support of NICU parents through staff education and support Open

S L Hall, J Cross, N W Selix, C Patterson, L Segre, R Chuffo-Siewert, P A Geller and M L Martin

J Perinatol 35: S29-S36; doi:10.1038/jp.2015.147