Classes for Parents in the NICU

NICU parent classes

Parents as Partners

There are many parent classes that are offered here on the unit. Please inquire with your nurse or the Health Unit Coordinator to enroll!

Mondays

10:00am NICU 101
Topics include unit orientation, your baby's team, visitation guidelines, an introduction to monitoring equipment, and much more!

11:30am Breastfeeding Support Group
A group where moms can get advice and information, as well as meet other NICU moms and share experiences. This group does not meet every Monday, so look for postings at the HUC station, milk depot, bedside flyers, or ask your BEST team member.

3:00pm Baby Safety
This class uses a DVD called "Safe from the Start" that lasts 30 minutes. It briefly covers the ride home from the hospital, feeding and food safety, sleep/bedtime, bath time and bathroom hazards, childproofing at home, toy safety, kitchen safety, safety outside the home, and gun safety.

Tuesdays

2:30pm Car Seat Safety
This class explains how to choose the right car seat, when to make changes, how to fit the baby/child in the car seat, and how to install the car seat. There is a video and hands-on training. You do not need to bring your car seat to the class, unless you want help with installation.

3:30pm CPR Anytime (MANDATORY)

8:00pm NICU 101
Topics include unit orientation, your baby's team, visitation guidelines, an introduction to monitoring equipment, and much more!

Wednesdays

10:00am NICU 101
Topics include unit orientation, your baby's team, visitation guidelines, an introduction to monitoring equipment, and much more!

3:00pm Popcorn and a Movie
In this class the DVD "No Matter How Small: A Parent's Guide to Preterm Infant Behavior and Development" is presented.  This class helps parents to understand their infant's cues, to know the importance of being involved in their infant's care,  to learn to provide their infant's care in ways that help the brain develop, and discusses the importance of spending time in Kangaroo Care.

Thursdays

1:30pm Scrapbooking
This class allows parents to take a break from the bedside, and make a short story card about their baby. It is a fun class to help cope with the stress of having a baby in the NICU. All materials are free.

2:00pm CPR Anytime (MANDATORY)

3:00pm Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC)
This class gives parents a chance to talk about their experiences with Kangaroo Care in the NICU, discusses the benefits of KMC, and includes a movie and a demonstration of the Kangaroo "Joey Joy" Wrap that is available for every family.

8:00pm NICU 101
Topics include unit orientation, your baby's team, visitation guidelines, an introduction to monitoring equipment, and much more!

Fridays

10:00am NICU 101
Topics include unit orientation, your baby's team, visitation guidelines, an introduction to monitoring equipment, and much more!

3:00pm Basic Baby Care
This class is focused toward first-time parents. There will be very basic information given on picking up and holding a baby correctly, diapering, bath time, and feeding.

Saturdays

3:30pm CPR Anytime (MANDATORY)