GOVERNOR HOLCOMB DECLARES SEPTEMBER 30 AS NICU AWARENESS DAY
Indiana recognizes NICU employees and impacted families across the state.
Indianapolis, IN | Friday, September 27, 2019
September 30, 2019 will be recognized as NICU Awareness Day according to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. Governor Holcomb has signed the official proclamation to raise awareness for the half a million babies that are admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit each year.
"The Governor's support raises awareness to the work of Indiana health professionals and researchers within the field of neonatal medicine and promotes the development of resources for families facing a stay within the NICU. We appreciate his acknowledgement and ongoing support of families facing a difficult journey in the NICU," Sarah King, President and CEO of Project Sweet Peas said.
In the proclamation, Holcomb recognizes those families whose lives have been affected by the NICU as well as the health care professionals supporting them. The establishment of NICU Awareness Day will also provide visibility to research that improves the quality of life for NICU babies and their parents.
“We are grateful for the Governor’s continued support now more than ever because the health of babies is continuing to take a step backward,” Jeena Siela, Director, Maternal-Child Health and Government Affairs for March of Dimes Indiana, said. “The preterm birthrate in the US continues to rise and premature birth and its complications are the largest contributor to death in the first year of life in the United States.”
March of Dimes, the nation’s leading maternal and infant health nonprofit, offers many initiatives to support parents while their baby is in the NICU. Including, here in Indianapolis, the NICU Family Support® program which offers information and comfort to families during the NICU hospitalization of their newborn, during the transition home, and in the event of a newborn death. Parents across the state can also access much of the same support through the My NICU Baby™ App. Which provides trusted information to improve families’ experiences during what can be a stressful time. It helps families find peace of mind during and after their NICU stay with answers to questions and helpful resources.
On September 30 for NICU Awareness Day, Project Sweet Peas will be engaging with hospitals across the country. In Indiana, they will be providing care packages to NICU families in the Indianapolis and Lafayette area hospitals. They encourage other Indiana residents to give back to their local hospitals. Additionally, March of Dimes Indiana staff are engaged with hospitals in the Fort Wayne, Bloomington, and Indianapolis area for proclamation declarations and NICU staff support deliveries.
About Project Sweet Peas
Project Sweet Peas is a 501(c)3 national non-profit organization coordinated by volunteers, who through personal experience have become passionate about providing support to families of premature or sick infants and to those who have been affected by pregnancy and infant loss. Project Sweet Peas acknowledges the importance of parental involvement in caregiving and decision-making in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and seeks to promote family-centered care competencies in hospitals nationwide. Care packages, hospital events, peer-to-peer support, financial aid, educational materials, and other Project Sweet Peas services, support the cultural, spiritual, emotional, and financial needs of families as they endure life in the NICU. Visit https://www.projectsweetpeas.com/ to learn more.
About March of Dimes
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.