Women & Infants Hospital is one of 15 national hospitals to receive a NICU donation as part of this year's Nominate a NICU program, an initiative sponsored by Project Sweet Peas, a national non-profit organization that supports NICUs and NICU families, The Superhero Project, a regional non-profit that assists NICU families, and 4moms, the makers of the MamaRoo Infant Seat.
In its fifth year, the Nominate a NICU program invites parents, families, and hospital employees to share their stories about their incredible NICUs and NICU staff for the opportunity to become one of 15 hospital donation recipients.
“We’ve been supporting NICUs and NICU families for more than 10 years,” said Amie Stanton, Director of Brand Engagement & Cause at 4moms. “Our Nominate a NICU program is a way for the community to get involved and share their stories about their local NICU and NICU staff. This year we received nearly 3,600 nominations, including 30 for Women & Infants Hospital. It’s been incredible to read through the submissions and see what an impact the hospital’s NICU has had on so many families in the community. We’re honored to be able to help support this unit with MamaRoo donations.”
The MamaRoo Infant Seat is currently used in more than 600 hospitals across the country. Doctors and nurses find the natural bouncing and swaying motion of the seat to be transformational in caring for and comforting preemies, and other babies in the NICU, including those born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
“We are so grateful for this donation,” said Shannon Sullivan, President and COO, Women & Infants Hospital. “The MamaRoo is a favorite with NICU nurses and families. It’s so important for families to have access to one, so these five MamaRoos will be put to good use.”
To learn more about Project Sweet Peas and The Superhero Project and their NICU support, visit projectsweetpeas.com and superheroprojectinc.org. And to learn more about 4moms and the MamaRoo Infant Seat, visit 4moms.com.
About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology, and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the ninth-largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,700 deliveries per year. Women & Infants is a Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, a U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology, and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ranked number 11 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Medical Schools specialty ranking.
Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence in Perinatal Biology and in Reproductive Health by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology, and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network, Neonatal Research Network, and Pelvic Floors Disorders Network, as well as the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group.
About Project Sweet Peas
Project Sweet Peas is a 501(c)3 national non-profit organization coordinated by volunteers, who through personal experience have become passionate about providing support to families of premature or sick infants and to those who have been affected by pregnancy and infant loss. They acknowledge the importance of parental involvement in caregiving and decision-making in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and seek to promote family-centered care (FCC) competencies in hospitals nationwide. Care packages, hospital events, peer-to-peer support, financial aid, educational materials, and other Project Sweet Peas services, support the cultural, spiritual, emotional, and financial needs of families as they endure life in the NICU.
About The Superhero Project
The Superhero Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to bridge the gap between home and the hospital for NICU families through care packages, financial support, providing financial grants to allow hospitals to acquire live-streaming video technology that enables families to see and bond with their baby 24/7 when they cannot be at the bedside, and working hard to help ALL mothers and fathers feel loved and supported on their NICU journey.
4moms has transformed the baby gear industry by leveraging technology and user-centered design to create dramatically better products, like the 4moms MamaRoo Infant Seat that replicates the bouncing and swaying motions parents make when soothing their babies, the 4moms Breeze Playard that opens or closes in one simple step, the 4moms Connect High Chair, which uses magnetic technology to make mealtime easier, and the 4moms MamaRoo Sleep Bassinet, which uses motion technology to help babies fall asleep and stay asleep longer.
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