Caring touch plays a vital role in the health and development of our children. Unfortunately, many babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) begin to associate touch with pain or discomfort. Our Compassionate Beginnings program helps parents and medically fragile infants form loving, bonded relationships within a high-tech medical environment.
Our NICU staff use the Compassionate Beginnings program to teach parents how to communicate in their baby’s first developed language — the language of touch. Touch is the first sense developed by babies, starting in the womb at around four to six weeks. As the baby experiences various types of touch, pathways are created in the baby’s brain from these experiences.
The techniques taught in our Compassionate Beginnings program are carefully designed to let babies learn about their parents and the environment outside of the womb. It empowers parents to confidently provide direct comfort to their fragile infant, counteracting the experiences of invasive or painful procedures that babies often experience in the NICU.