NPA's commitment to Family Support is exemplified by our

Family Advocacy Network 

The Family Advocacy Network (FAN) champions collaborative relationships between families and the medical professions who care for them. 

FAN brings together family advocates from every arena of maternal-infant care to share their ideas and cultivate their talents as we address the medical, educational, and psychosocial needs of families. 

Join us as we work together to bring real, measurable, and substantive progress in the implementation of family-centered care.

                                                                              Co-Chairs: Cheryl Milford, MEd. and Erika Goyer

See a list of the Family Advocacy Network's current initiatives and upcoming events, including webinars.

Thank you for joining us in Houston, Texas for:

Utilizing Trauma-Informed Care to Strengthen Your Support Organization

Join us in adopting trauma-informed care

NPA and the Family Advocacy Network are committed to providing families with evidence-based, trauma-informed care that respects clients, supports staff, and mitigates the negative impact of perinatal trauma.

If you are interested in brining this presentation to your hospital or community-based organization please contact and and visit

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View Setting Families Up for Success: Modeling Shared Decision Making 

This parent panel was presented on Friday, April 29th in Houston as a part of NPA's Conference, Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Perinatal Decision Making in the 21st Century. If you are interested in having a panel like this for your organization contact Erika Goyer, NPA's Family Advocacy Network co-chair at

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  Parents    |    Providers

Thank you for joining us in Nashville, Tennessee for:

Empowering Parents: Family-Centered Care for Mothers and Babies with Drug Dependence

Join us in improving family-centered care

NPA and the Family Advocacy Network are undertaking a project to provide web and mobile phone accessible resources for families to assist them as they navigate the medical, social, and legal systems they are a part of.

If you are interested in contributing to this project to support and empower these patients and their families, please contact

Visit NPA's New Website 

Support for NICU Parents

Your Resource for Comprehensive NICU Family Support

In January 2014, the National Perinatal Association convened a broad group of nearly 50 thought leaders and stakeholders. We came together with the common purpose of improving the level of psychosocial support provided to NICU parents – as well as improving training and support for those who provide care in NICUs. The resulting recommendations were published in December 2015 in the Journal of Perinatology. has been created as a companion website to serve as a resource center to implement the comprehensive family-centered support to NICU parents, as outlined in the recommendations.

If you are a professional working in a NICU, you will find resources that will help you transform your NICU into one that is more supportive of NICU parents and promotes the wellbeing of you and your colleagues.

If you are a parent, you will find resources that will help you navigate your NICU journey and the transformation you undertake because of it. And veteran NICU parents will find resources to inform or start a parent support group of your own.

For information about this project or any of the resources, contact us here.


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