March of Dimes Grant benefits NICU families

By Michaela Gibson Morris
Daily Journal

TUPELO – The March of Dimes is putting part of a grant to work to help premature babies and their families in Tupelo.

North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital is one of eight neonatal intensive care units that will receive family support and professional development materials through a $10,000 All State grant dispersed through the Mississippi chapter of the March of Dimes.

“We tried to find the ways we could reach the most families,” said Wendy Parker, community representative with the March of Dimes.

The family support materials include a journal for families to record observations and milestones, a booklet on preparing to bring their baby home and information about connecting with other families through the March of Dimes.

“They’ll be provided directly to families,” said Ellen Friloux, administrator for Women’s and Children’s Services at NMMC-Tupelo. “This is one more way we work with the March of Dimes.”

The March of Dimes also is providing three modules for continuing education for NICU nurses.

“Especially for speciality care, those continuing education hours can be hard to find,” Friloux said.

michaela.morris@journalinc.com