NICU Information

GCF Family Support Services® NICU Services
Currently we serve 3 NICU’s in eastern North Carolina

Cape Fear Valley Medical Center
Teresa Rodriguez – Hospital Coordinator

Duke University Medical Center
Grey Brown – Hospital Coordinator

UNC Medical Center
Karen Hogan- Hospital Coordinator

NICU Families of the Triangle Facebook Group

NICU Hot Topics

Tips for Siblings Visiting the NICU

  • Prepare siblings for what they may see, hear, or smell when visiting the baby.  Showing a photo to meet the child is a great way to see exactly what the baby and bed space looks like before they meet their new sibling.
  • Siblings can draw a picture, bring a photo, or write a story or poem for the baby and put it at the bedside.
  • Have a simple, quiet activity for the child to do at the bedside.
  • Read books about having a new baby.
  • Talk about the visit afterwards!  Always ask them if they have questions.

Remember, the visit may not last long if the sibling has a hard time sitting still.  You may need to give him/her a break from sitting.

You may want to plan for only a few minutes at the bedside the first time you bring a sibling(s) to the nursery.  Try to bring a camera or ask a staff member to take a picture the first time the sibling meets his new brother or sister.  It’s a special photo you can give to the sibling to keep in his/her room

Books for Siblings

More information on Siblings

NICU Resources

“Baby Sense” – weekly group for parents and their babies.  The group will focus on helping parents make “sense” of their baby’s nonverbal cues.

Graham’s Foundation - Support, Advocacy and Research for Preemies and Their Families

Hand to Hold – provides support to parents of premature  babies

Healthy Living

Moms Supporting Moms – support group for women who are experiencing anxiety, depression and/or adjustment difficulties related to childbirth and new motherhood.

QuitlineNC – provides free cessation services to any North Carolina resident who needs help quitting tobacco use

SAFEchild – offers parent education and support services to families in Wake County to prevent abuse and neglect

WakeMed Birth & Parent Education Classes


Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill – UNC Medical Center families
For more information speak to the Hospital Social Worker or contact 919-913-2040

Ronald McDonald House of Durham - Duke University Medical Center families
For more information speak to the Hospital Social Worker or contact 919-286-9305

Stanton Hospitality House – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center families
For more information contact your case worker or call 910-491-0721.

“Me Fine” Foundation – provides necessary resources and financial assistance to parents and caregivers with children being treated at Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals


Mothers of Multiples – Chapel Hill/Durham

Triangle Mothers of Twins & Triplets (TMOTT)

Papas of Preemies – support for dads

Social Networking

CaringBridge – easy to use Internet service that keeps family and friends informed about a loved one’s medical condition.

CarePages – free patient blogs that connect family and friends during a health challenge.

Food Tidings – a place to manage meals for your family & friends in need

Special Infant Care Clinic (SICC)

Cape Fear Valley Medical Center

Duke University Medical Center

UNC Medical Center

Ten Tips for Caring for Yourself and Your Baby Once You are Home

Wake ConnectionsFor Wake County residents. Links to home-based services for pregnant women, first-time moms, infants and toddlers.

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