During Prematurity Awareness Month we honor families affected by preterm labor and birth, recognize the impact a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can have on a baby and family, and show our appreciation for the health professionals who care for the them.

We've gathered these resources - created by an interdisciplinary team of parents and professionals - to educate our community and promote understanding.

Did You Know? It's not just preemies.

  • Advances in neonatal medicine mean that more infants can benefit from the specialized care that NICUs can offer.
  • Nearly half of all babies in the NICU are born at normal birthweight and are 37 weeks gestation or older.
  • We need to do more research and collect more data. While the efficacy of NICU care for premature babies is undeniable, we don’t yet know if this is true for the entire NICU cohort.

FREE: Listen to our webinar where we discuss how to address the needs of all NICU families with: 

    • Vincent Smith, MD, MPH - Neonatologist
    • Tiffany Willis, PsyD - NICU Psychologist
    • Brittany Boet, Family Advocate

NICUs Exemplify Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Caring for infants isn't like caring for other patients; babies aren't tiny adults. Neonatology is a highly specialized field. 

Providing specialized care for neonates requires expertise and teamwork. When a baby is in the NICU they will be cared for by a team of professionals that includes, but is not limited to:

  • neonatologists
  • nurse practitioners
  • nutritionists
  • psychologists
  • neonatal therapists
  • perinatologists
  • pulmonologists
  • respiratory therapists
  • social workers
  • case managers
  • lactation consultants

  • nurses
  • psychologists
  • pharmacists
  • peer support specialists
  • child life specialists

Learn More about Prematurity around the Globe

NPA is proud to partner with the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) and to join them is raising awareness worldwide. Visit their website to see their:

See our NPN + NPA global webinar series One World. One Community. Many Voices.  honoring  the work of NICU Parent Leaders and Providers around the world.


Kristy Love, Executive Director   klove@nationalperinatal.org

P.O. Box 392 Lonedell, MO 63060

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