As part of Prematurity Awareness Month in November, the March of Dimes activated “Operation NICU Parent Support” at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, delivering 25 care packages to parents of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
“Most parents of NICU babies are not prepared for their newborn to be in the NICU,” said March of Dimes Development Manager Christine Chapman. “The March of Dimes wanted to make sure that they have what they need so they can spend time watching over their little one.”
Throughout the month, the organization gathered and delivered care packages that volunteers helped stock and organize for the NICU in The Woodlands. Almost 10 percent of the babies born last year in Montgomery County, where The Woodlands is located, were premature. About one in 10 infants nationwide are born before their 37th week.
“We are extremely appreciative of the support the March of Dimes provides the NICU here in The Woodlands,” said Susan Romero, assistant director of the NICU in The Woodlands. “It enhances the experience of families that are going through a lot.”