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(KSL News) The March of Dimes announced today it will implement a Newborn Intensive Care Unit family support program in the University of Utah Hospital.
University Hospital's NICU cared for about 600 babies this year alone. The family support program will provide these families with information, care kits and parent-to-parent counseling.
Marci Blackett gave birth to her 2-year-old daughter, Savanah, three months early. She says she felt confused and helpless during the months she spent in the NICU. "But having the support from the hospital and from the parenting groups was really what brought us up and made us, going through those 90 days, staying sane I guess you could say," Blackett said.
March of Dimes plans to have at least one of these support programs in every state by the end of this year.