Parent Connection is a group of volunteer parents who have personally experienced hospitalization or complications during pregnancy and/or the hospitalization of a newborn or child in pediatrics. We offer
support and resources to families of hospitalized and discharged patients.
Did you know that our Thursday night and Saturday morning "Coffee Breaks are available to families of premature and critically ill newborns of all ages? Whether your baby is in the unit now or an NICU graduate, our breaks are a
popular way to relax, de-stress and meet other families who have experienced similar situations.
Please join us for coffee, juice and cookies at our twice weekly "Coffee Breaks" in the Neonatal Waiting Room. We also host "Pizza Nights" (last Thursday of the month), and Baby Showers (held quarterly). The breaks are hosted by a Parent Connection Volunteer who has experienced the hospitalization of a newborn.
Neonatal Waiting Room
Infant CPR Classes
Parent Connection offers free, weekly infant CPR classes for current and recently discharged NICU families. The classes are taught by a certified instructor on Tuesdays, from 4:00-5:00pm, in the NICU conference room. To attend, you must call to make a reservation: (626) 397-8509
Scrapbooking is a great way to relax, but still be near your baby. On the third Saturday of every month we offer a scrapbooking class in the Neonatal Conference Room with free materials to make an NICU page for your baby,
all you do is bring the pictures. The class is hosted by a veteran NICU
/Pediatric parent in the NICU Conference Room, East Tower, First Floor.
Parent Connection will match you with a trained support parent to offer a listening ear, and caring from a parent who has "been there".
Please click HERE to read the most recent Connecting Lines newsletter for families of critically ill newborns and neonatal graduates.
If you would like to share your NICU experience with other readers please send a picture from the NICU and current picture along with your story to Mary Holzer.
Connection volunteers are a vital component of Huntington Hospital's family-focused neonatal team. Support parents offer the hope, empathy and valuable insights that only a parent who has "been there" can provide to families of premature and/or critically ill newborns. Parent Connection volunteers provide peer support by hosting: "Coffee Breaks", telephone support to Neonatal, Perinatal High Risk Pediatric Intensive Care and pediatric families. Volunteers must be parents of a child who has been in the NICU
or Pediatrics Unit. Their child must have "graduated" at least six months before they begin Parent Connection volunteer training. Potential volunteers must successfully complete the Parent Connection training [program, the hospital volunteer information and orientation meetings, and co-host two supervised "Coffee Breaks" before being eligible to become Parent Connection volunteers. A health history form must be completed and on file with your application. In addition you must have two TB tests, which are provided by the hospital.
Parent Connection provides support to families who have suffered the loss of a child through, miscarriage, fetal demise, still born, neonatal or pediatric.
In October of each year, a special gathering of families and staff is held to honor the children who have died, "A Time to Remember".
Getting Through the Holidays,After the Loss of a Baby Through Pregnancy, Infancy, or Early Childhood
A workshop to explore some of the complex issues facing parents as they approach the many holidays centered around children and families.
Sunday, October 13, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Harvey Morse Conference Center
South Tower, Plaza Level
8700 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA.
Opening Speaker: Grieving, Honoring, and Celebrating
Fernanda Carapinha Erlanger, MFTI
Panel Presentation: The Impact Of and On Families
Break-out groups for sharing and discussion
Huntington Hospital would like to invite you to a very special event: “A Time To Remember Children”
Tuesday, October 15,
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Huntington Hospital on the Cafeteria Patio..
This time recognizes children who died too soon (no matter cause or age). The event includes a brief memorial service and reading of names and, refreshments. If you would like your child’s name read, please provide information by October 14, 2013
To register and RSVP to any of these events, please email Mary Holzer
or call (626) 397-8509