Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness or #NICUAwareness Month, is hosted in September of every year and is designed to honor NICU patients, their families, and the NICU professionals who care for them. #NICUAwareness Month fosters a supportive, empowering community for families when they are faced with life’s most challenging and difficult moments; and honors those who dedicate their lives to helping them.
This September, we’ll amplify the voices of NICU families, leverage resources to address their needs, and forge a vibrant community, on national and local levels. We hope we can count you in!
Tell your story
A powerful approach to inspiring hope and helping people understand the experience of life in the NICU.
Share your story on social media
Interview with local media
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
1. Raise funds for equipment and other items needed in your NICU. Most NICU's will have a wishlist of items that would improve the quality of care provided in their unit.
2. Deliver in-kind donations for families of babies in the NICU. Families experiencing a NICU stay will find comfort in items donated to benefit their health and the well-being of their baby.
3. Host an event in which families can connect with one another. Consider planning an event at your hospital in which you provide a meal, crafting event, support group, photo session or other service that promotes interaction. Families will benefit from connecting with others that have endured a similar journey.
4. Support the staff who have dedicated themselves to caring for patients in the NICU. Bring meals or special gifts to let them know you appreciate all of their work. 5. Deliver a random act of kindness in honor of your NICU baby. We will mail you up to 100 "random act of kindness" cards. Request your cards here.
Spread the Word
Sample Social Media Posts
Post or tweet on your social media platforms. Use #NICUAwareness to stay connected to others posting about the month. You can use the following examples, or create your own!
September is #NICUAwareness Month! I support awareness, because 1 in 10 babies will face a stay in the NICU.
This month I am honoring all babies for #NICUAwareness Month. Join me by visiting www.nicuawareness.org.