NICU Navigator Program
At Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, patients and their families are taken care of every step of the way — from preconception to postdelivery. For newborns who require special medical care, Sharp Mary Birch has a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). One of the largest of its kind in Southern California, the NICU provides an optimal, nurturing environment for babies to grow, heal and receive high-quality medical care.
Having a baby hospitalized in the NICU can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming for parents. During this time, parents and family members need information, support and guidance in dealing with the roller coaster of emotions during their experience. In addition to the outstanding medical care they receive from the health care team at Sharp Mary Birch, they need to know firsthand what it is like to be a parent of a NICU baby — best provided by another parent who can listen, stay calm and provide empathy.
As a complement to the high-quality medical care provided by the Sharp Mary Birch team, the NICU Navigator Program provides a network of former NICU parents who support, encourage and guide parents and families of current NICU babies. Under the leadership of a program coordinator, these volunteer mentors help new parents navigate through their baby’s NICU experience and learn what they can expect, while also assisting them in addressing the complex emotions that arise when you have a newborn with life-threatening challenges.
To continue the NICU Navigator Program, the cost — including a part-time coordinator, administrative support, training, supplies, translation fees and other related costs — is $100,000 per year. We are seeking partners to support this wonderful program, which is completely funded by philanthropy.
Donors are critical in our journey to enhance the NICU at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns. Your generous support today will make a meaningful difference for tomorrow’s NICU babies and their families.