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
“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
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
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
Papas of Preemies – support for dads
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)
Wake Connections – For Wake County residents. Links to home-based services for pregnant women, first-time moms, infants and toddlers.