CINCINNATI -- Expecting parents in Cincinnati have new help from March of Dimes, through a program at University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC).
Cincinnati's first March of Dimes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) family support program launched Monday at UCMC. The program will provide special comfort and care to parents and babies born early.
Danyelle and Chris Cutter of Fairfield Township attended the launch, along with their triplets who once were born premature at UCMC.
"They're wonderful now. They're healthy, happy, active toddlers," Danyelle Cutter said. "(UCMC staff is) making sure that you feel comfortable, that you understand what's going on and who is there helping take care of your children when you can't be."
The NICU program focuses on the entire family so that everyone receives support.
"The core belief of that program is that we think that the parents are the essential compliment and the constant factor in the life of the preterm infant, and so we want to nurture this concept," Dr. Vivek Narendran said.
Dr. Jennifer Howse, president of March of Dimes, took part in Monday's launch. Howse also celebrated the anniversary of a research collaborative between March of Dimes and Children's Hospital to learn more about why healthy women may have premature births.