Hailey’s Hope Foundation supports families with premature and critically ill babies in New York-area Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and helps improve the quality of NICU care to turn these fragile beginnings into stronger and healthier futures for NICU babies.
Having a baby in the NICU is one of the most difficult times in a family’s life. It is often unexpected, always stressful, and turns your world upside down. When babies are born too early, too small or very sick, their beginnings can be critical. Many are at a high risk for developmental delays. For families, the unknowns and long hospitalizations leave many struggling and unprepared for the challenges ahead. By providing unique financial, emotional, and educational support for families and advancing “family-centered” NICU care, Hailey’s Hope Foundation comforts and empowers families to cope with NICU life and gives their babies a greater fighting chance to develop and thrive.
As a grassroots, volunteer-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we carry out our mission through targeted programs and initiatives:
- Financial Assistance: A NICU stay can last weeks or months, and the additional expenses can quickly become a serious hardship, especially for economically strained families. We help families in need with non-medical expenses, from lodging and transportation to breast pump rentals and meals, so they can spend as much time as possible at the hospital with their baby and NICU team.
- Education & Resources: Families can use our website at haileyshopefoundation.org to access educational information, neonatal research and other resources, including a growing community of NICU parents who share their experience. Our longer-term goals include developing in-hospital NICU family resource centers and parent support groups.
- Specialized Care Packages: Leaving the highly specialized, 24-hour care of NICU doctors and nurses is daunting for any parent. At discharge, we supply families with care packages to help ease the anxiety of transitioning home with their tiny miracles. Our packages contain baby care items, supplies and important information about post-NICU issues, including local resources for early intervention.
- Partnership With NICUs: We work closely with NICU doctors, nurses and social workers to help them improve the care they provide. Whether it’s breastfeeding advocacy, medical supplies or specialized equipment, they help us target our efforts to what families and babies need most.