The nurses and staff on the neonatal intensive care unit go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to the love and care of their tiny patients. The work done on this wing of the hospital at UVA is of utmost importance. It takes a very special person to tend to the needs of these beautiful newborns, with parental emotions ranging from immense joy to tragically overwhelming sadness.
Not only do they feel the joy of seeing their little angels make it through to become beautiful growing children, but they also share the pain of losing some of these tiny patients. They become very involved in the love and care of these beautiful babies and also feel overwhelming pressure and pain when one of their newborns pass away. They share these tragic moments hand-in-hand with loving parents and are there to tend not only to the needs of the patients but of the parents as well. There are times when newborns are tragically lost, and it is up to the angels of the NICU to be there to provide whatever’s needed to help parents and family deal with these heartbreaking events . It’s our goal to make sure the nurses and staff have all the resources at their disposal to turns these tragedies into memories parents will be able to use to heal through time.. Whether its access to photographers to provide family photos, ceramic molding kits for hand and feet molds, memory boxes, meals and lodging while staying close to their newborns, or anything that can help make these tragic circumstances more bearable. It’s our goal to help parents and families take away any good memories from their beautiful babies’ last days on earth. We feel these services are essential resources for families facing these tragic circumstances and can truly help with the grieving process.
Right now a shortage of supplies and financial resources given to the NICU department limits the amount of funds provided for these situations. We need your help to provide these materials to give parents/family something to hold onto after their loved one has passed.
Hand and Foot Molds