Stamford Hospital has a designated Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) staffed by experienced neonatologists, nurses, and pediatric specialists.

To help make life more manageable for families with babies in the NICU at Stamford Hospital, there is now a gift closet that parents can visit to make their world a little brighter.

Donations are welcome and needed throughout the year. Below is a list of needed items:

ITEMS NEEDED:

• Preemie onesies with velcro closures
• Burp cloths
• Preemie hats
• Baby scratch mittens
• Baby blankets
• Baby nail file/scissors
• Children’s books
• Boppy nursing pillow and cover
• Nursing supplies (nipple cream, nipple pads)
• Nursing cover
• Individually packaged snacks (nut free)
• Journals
• Baby milestone books
• Slippers
• Robes
• Eye masks
• Lumbar pillows
• Neck pillows
• Hand lotion
• Adult size blankets
• Polaroid camera and film
• Incubator and NICU area Decor
• Crafts for decorating incubator
• Books and magazines
• Crossword puzzles
• Yarn w/ knitting needles
• Gift cards (gas, food, lodging, etc.) – Financial hardship is common in the NICU. Not only are parents accruing medical expenses, they often struggle to afford transportation, food and lodging during their stay.

If you’d like to donate, please contact Courtney Montgomery at Courtney.montgomery@wheel-house.com for local drop or Ginny Landle to arrange delivery directly to Stamford Hospital, Glandle@stamhealth.org, (203) 276-5996.

There is a dedicated Resource Room loaded with helpful information for NICU families. It’s also a private, comfortable respite for visiting families as well as a site for weekly parent mentoring from the Tiny Miracles Foundation. Most volunteers are parents whose children were also premature infants.

Prior to discharge, parents are invited to spend a night in the hospital’s new transition rooms to help ease the transition from NICU to home. Meanwhile, the NICU Infant Clinical Evaluation Program for “graduates” helps parents and their pediatricians manage common issues like growth, nutrition, and neurodevelopmental delay.

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