Bringing comfort to families in the Doernbecher Neonatal Care Center

Having a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can feel like you are on a roller coaster. It can be both joyous and stressful, happy and scary.

That’s why the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program in the Doernbecher Neonatal Care Center (DNCC) is focused on bringing information and comfort to families during their NICU stay.

The NICU Family Support Program provides support and a variety of activities for families, including group craft activities, group meals, sibling activities, photography, special events, including NICU baby showers, holiday parties and much more. The program also welcome donations of certain craft items, including yarn, scrapbooking materials, meals and more.

The program is looking for volunteers, including NICU graduate families. While a baby is in the NICU, many families appreciate the support they get from a parent “who has been there.”

If you are interested in learning about volunteer or donation opportunities, or if you are a graduate of the DNCC and want to reconnect, please contact: All NICU Family Support volunteers must complete the required screening and training requirements.

Jennifer Horner
March of Dimes
NICU Family Support Specialist
OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital