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Helping children interact with siblings in NICU
$1,665 raised
33% of $5k goal
19 contributors
4 Years running

Michael Magro Foundation would like to create an opportunity for siblings of babies in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), to communicate with them in a safe, sterile environment. Through computers, MMF can create a “FaceTime” type of setup, enabling siblings to talk, sing and bond with their new brother or sisterWinthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York is a leader in Neonatal care. They care for an average of 730 babies a year, who are born prematurely or have other medical problems, such as breathing disorders, infections or conditions requiring surgery.

Families are under a lot of stress when they have a baby in NICU, as they are often unable to bond with them and be as close to them as they would in normal circumstances. This is exacerbated tremendously when there are siblings involved. The sibling often feels alienated and excluded since they are unable to bond or spend time with their new little brother or sister.

The Child Life Center at Winthrop University Hospital believes this type of therapy would be beneficial for approximately 40% of the 730 NICU patients they see annually. Some NICU babies require surgery or extensive monitoring after birth, making this type of program difficult.

The Child Life Center which currently cares for siblings through music therapy and other activities, would work with families to create unique approaches to this type of communication and bonding. They foresee the approximate 300 families a year that would be eligible to participate in this program would feel more relaxed and be happier as the stresses of dealing with a sibling that feels excluded would be minimized. We will measure success by monitoring the families involved in the program and seek their feedback. Team will leverage this feedback to make changes as necessary, creating the best possible experience for all families

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