Parent Support

We recognize that having a baby in the NICU can be a very difficult time for you and your family.  We are here to support you. Our approach to caring for your newborn baby is based on the family-integrated model.

This means that we understand that families who have a baby in the NICU face new issues, emotions and circumstances, and that your active involvement has many benefits for your baby. All members of our team are concerned with the well-being of your baby and you and your family.

Parent Group Programs

  • Parent Educational Support Group: Tuesday Evenings, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Topics include: Development, Medical Aspects of Prematurity, Growth and Nutrition. If you want more information call 416-586-4800, ext. 8679.  Calendar of classes will be posted on your door, and they are mostly drop in.
  • Parent Buddy Program:  Linking parents with other parents who previously had a premature baby in the NICU. The Parent Buddy can offer supportive understanding, a sympathetic ear and can share her/his own experiences in getting through this time.

Following discharge from the NICU, you may want to get involved with one of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Parent groups:

Parent Binders

"Me and My Baby" binder is given to all parents who have a baby in the NICU. The better informed you are, the more comfortable you will be, and have a better understanding of what is happening to your baby in the NICU.

To get more information or to obtain a copy, please speak to your baby's nurse.