Family-Centered Care Services for Antepartum and Neonatology Families
Parent MentorsAntepartum and neonatology parent mentors have experience with hospitalization during pregnancy, premature births, multiple births, and/or neonatal illness. They are trained to provide peer support to expectant mothers or parents of current infant inpatients.
Please contact your social worker if you would like to meet with a parent mentor.
Our two Antepartum Unit parent mentors provide weekly mentoring sessions to women hospitalized before the birth of their child(ren). They both spent substantial time as patients in the Antepartum Unit during their own pregnancies.
Parent mentors visit expectant mothers at the bedside and provide support, validation and information about the antepartum experience. Mentoring sessions vary in length and can be one-time visits or regular meetings during a woman’s hospital stay.
“Meeting with a parent mentor allowed me to hear a ‘success story’ firsthand. When you have problems with your pregnancy, especially early on, you need hope to get you through it. Hearing about someone else's success gave me hope that I could get through months of bedrest too.Sequoia Special Care Nursery
Dalia Stoddard, Parent
“During my two-month antepartum stay, I spoke with several moms who had been hospitalized during their pregnancies. It was very reassuring and helpful to hear from women who had similar experiences. I decided to become an antepartum mentor so that I could provide the same kind of support and encouragement to other women facing challenges during their pregnancies."
Nicole Kangas, Parent Mentor
A parent mentor visits with families each week in the Sequoia Special Care Nursery in Redwood City. The parent mentor provides support and information to interested families, particularly about the transition from hospital to home.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Packard Intermediate Care Nursery
Parent mentors work weekly, visiting families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Packard Intermediate Care Nursery, and speaking with parents by telephone.
A bilingual parent mentor is available for Spanish-speaking families. A discharge mentor is referred to families as they prepare to go home.
Parent Hours: Weekly Gatherings of NICU and IICN ParentsParents with infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Packard Intermediate Care Nursery are invited to attend Parent Hours. Parent Hours are weekly gatherings of parents who wish to learn more about their child’s hospitalization.
Some of the topics addressed include: