While in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU) a social worker who specializes in perinatal social work may speak with you and your family.
- Social workers understand the impact having a hospitalized child has on all family members.
- They help the interdisciplinary team recognize cultural needs of families, i.e., language services, religious customs, rituals, traditions, beliefs.
- Social workers are a link between the family and medical team. They are an integral part of the interdisciplinary care team. They help families find their voice and navigate the complex CHOP N/IICU system.
- Social work services are available to all families.
Helping you support your baby
Social workers recognize that you, as a parent, are an essential part of the team. They can help you:
- Normalize, understand and express your emotional experiences
- Identify support systems and talk with you about your feelings
- Understand how your baby communicates
- Sort through difficult decision
- Find support in the hospital or your community
- Connect you with resources ( i.e., local housing, charitable organizations, March of Dimes website, CarePages)
- Adjust to the Hospital environment and inform you about available services
- Prepare for the needs of your child at discharge
- Be a parent to your baby
- Identify ways to cope including journaling, scrapbooking, parent-to-parent and online resources
- Celebrate your baby’s milestones
- Promote healthy/positive infant mental health