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.
Co-Chairs: Cheryl Milford, MEd. and Erika Goyer
The Family Advocacy Network hosts a quarterly webinar series in partnership with the Preemie Parent Alliance (PPA).
The inaugural webinar Understanding the Basic Components of Trauma-Informed Care with Kara Wahlin, LMFT of NICU Healing was hosted in March 2016. View the presentation here.
Our second webinar was A Roadmap for Improving Your NICU, where Sue Hall, MD & Kristy Love, a parent support program leader, illustrated how to use the NPA's Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents to effectively advocate for change at your hospital.
- See our infographic on this topic.
- Download an inforgraphic on starting a Quality Improvement program in your NICU.
- Visit NPA's website devoted to this initiative at www.support4NICUparents.org where you will find assessment tools and QI worksheets.
- Find out about parent-led NICU support organizations that you can partner with.
Our third webinar was Is Baby Friendly Family Friendly? with Sara Mosher, RN, BSN, MHA of Patient+Family Care where we discussed how the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and upcoming guidance for NICUs impact perinatal care practices and affect the quality of care and support given to NICU babies and their families.
Resources from Sara's webinar:
In our most recent webinar, Caring for the Caregiver: Self Care for Peer Mentors, we talked with Cheryl Milford, EdS. As a NICU psychologist and developmental specialist, Cheryl has been at the leading edge of perinatal caregiving for the last 30 years. She shared her perspective on how we can best address our unique needs as parent leaders and peer mentors and helped us explore ways to provide meaningful support to families who are in crisis without compromising our own mental health and wellbeing.
Resources from Cheryl's webinar:
- Article: Supporting NICU Staff Mental Health
- Download: Tips for Sustaining Your Support Program
- Download the webinar (.mp4)
Email ErikaGoyer@gmail.com or email@example.com for details on future webinars.
Thanks to those who attended the Family Advocacy Network's free seminar in Houston
Utilizing Trauma-Informed Care to Strengthen Your Organization - with Kara Wahlin, LMFT
Participants in this important discussion and learned:
Then visit NICU Healing, Kara Wahlin's online therapeutic resource designed for families currently in the NICU
This was a parent panel presented on Friday, April 29th in Houston as a part of NPA's Conference, Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Perinatal Decision Making in the 21st Century
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FAN collaborates with other organizations that share similar missions. We partner with groups like the Preemie Parent Alliance and the National Coalition for Infant Health to bring resources, information, and comfort to families. Interested in becoming a partner? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org