NPN proudly unveiled the NICU Parent’s Bill of Rights at the 2013 National Association of Neonatal Nurse’s conference in Nashville, TN, receiving wonderful feedback from the nurses, parents, and advocates in attendance.
The NICU Parent’s Bill of Rights is a list of ten essential rights that all NICU parents should expect during their child’s NICU stay. This collaborative project was developed to help address and break down barriers that often prevent NICU parents from bonding with their baby and playing an active role in their daily care. In order to care for a medically fragile infant after the NICU, parents must feel empowered, competent, and capable of being their baby’s advocate and caregiver. Therefore, they must be encouraged and supported throughout their baby’s NICU journey.
It is our hope that the NICU Parent’s Bill of Rights will help bring awareness to the best practices of Family-Centered Care, so families are better prepared for life after the NICU. We encourage you to print and share a copy of the NICU Parent’s Bill of Rights with your NICU.