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PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL MISSION STATEMENT

The NICU Parent Advisory Council is a committee consisting of parents that have had their children graduate from the NICU. Our mission is to create an environment that encourages positive exchange of ideas and communications which fosters family oriented care and values. We believe this is best achieved through families and staff working together to best meet the needs of the children in the NICU.

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Dear NICU Parents:

Congratulations on the birth of your new baby and welcome to the NICU at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital! Having your new baby in the NICU, instead of at home with you is not probably how you planned this birth. As parents of babies who were also on the NICU, we understand!

We remember the feeling of going home without your newborn. We remember the nights of waking up to an alarm instead of a crying baby. We remember the confusion over everything the doctors and nurses were telling us. We want to help make this time easier for you.

We are the Parents Advisory Council (PAC) for the NICU and we are here for you. Please feel free to call us to talk about our experiences, to ask those questions you do not feel comfortable asking the nurses (What is it going to be like to have my baby home? How did the babies siblings react to the NICU? How is your child now?), and to have a support system of people who understand what you are experiencing.

Once your child is home and at least six months old, you can join our group and help other parents who are new to the NICU. The Parent Advisory Council provides support for parents on the NICU, organizes events for parents on the NICU, such as pizza and scrapbooking nights and helps to make the NICU more family friendly. Please consider joining our group.

For more information, please contact Bree Nakashima at 831-757-4333 ext. 2028.

Sincerely,

Anna Penoncello
Denise Ledesma
Co-Chairs, Parents Advisory Council
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare Systems NICU