phone -- 314.454.HOPE
H.O.P.E. is a support group made up of parents who have experienced the birth of a premature or sick full-term infant at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Because of the help and support received from others who have been through similar births, parents make themselves available to share their hope-filled experiences and to listen to yours. H.O.P.E. offers emotional support and non-medical information. The volunteers are familiar with hospital routines, terminology, and most importantly, understand how it feels to be a parent in these circumstances. They can answer many of your questions and listen in a way that no one else can.
- Graduate parent volunteers are available to provide phone support for families who have babies in the NICU and for those whose babies have left the NICU. To contact H.O.P.E., you may call 314.454.HOPE (4673) and leave a message. Messages are picked up daily and returned as quickly as possible.
- Family workshops led by H.O.P.E. volunteers are held in the NICU conference room several times a month for families with babies in the NICU. These meetings focus on parenting concerns that result from having a sick or preterm baby. Flyers are posted in the NICU with times and dates of workshops.
- A lending library of books, periodicals, and videos was funded through donations to H.O.P.E. Resources include educational information about prematurity, infant development, critical illness of the newborn, parenting in the NICU, breastfeeding, and sibling issues. Your nurse or NICU receptionist can help you check materials out of the library. The Family Resource Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital is also a source of information for you.
- H.O.P.E. is always looking for graduate parent volunteers who feel ready to join our graduate group to share their experience and strength. The group meets on the first Thursday of every month in the NICU conference room. Call 314.454.HOPE if you are interested in becoming a member.