Meriter provides support group for family with premature babies

Meriter provides support group for family with premature babies

Many moms are spending their Mother’s Day weekend in the newborn intensive care unit, looking after their babies born too soon.

About one in nine babies is born prematurely, according to the March of Dimes organization. While the process can be trying for families, a new therapy of sorts at Meriter Hospital is helping those moms realize they aren’t alone.

The hospital offers a support group to families with loved ones who are currently or have been in the NICU. The weekly meeting offers a space for parents to share their stories – and their hopes for the future.

“When you’re in a situation like this, when you’re in the NICU, it helps to talk to someone who’s been there,” says Becky Goplin, a mother in the support group. Her son was born at just 32 weeks. “[Someone] who knows what it’s like to see their baby in an incubator as opposed to normal crib at home.”

The group meets every Friday at noon at Meriter. Find more information at www.meriter.com.

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