does she have medicaid?? does she have insurance?? does she have both…my son was born a year ago today!! He aspirated due to the cord being so tight around his neck…our 7 days in the NICU was just over $58,000 including ambulance transfer…we have insurance, thank goodness!! we paid out of pocket a little over $4,000 just to that hospital. having someone, like my mom, watch our other son, so that I could be at the hospital, was the biggest help ever…people letting me know they care & were praying for us, was also a great gift!!
PS And buy a present for the mom. Everybody worries about the baby, but that baby has a whole NICU caring for it. Right now the Mom could probably use some attention. A new pair of pajamas, something special she’d be doing without right now while she’s fretting over her newborn’s well being.
meals and moral support, yes. If it looks like things could be touch and go and she’ll need more than the typical amount of maternity leave, see if your company has an employee support program. Where I used to work, employees could donate their vacation days to a co-worker who was having a family crisis, so that if they needed to use up more than they had, they wouldn’t lose their income.
OHHH gather money to help pay there RENT or House payment. Thats what my work did for me and it was so helpful! Payed my rent for three months and it was a huge relief! I never felt like eating much but thats a great idea too. I was a sever at the time so getting the money to pay rent was a life saver! It enabled me to work less shifts so i could be at the hospital:)
I’m also from Canada and have no idea how much NICU stays in the states are… I think anyway you can help your co-worker will help and be greatly appreciated wether it be a donation or like Jen said helping with meals etc 🙂 I think you are doing a wonderful thing for her 🙂
it all depends on what the baby needs, my son’s NICU cost was over $40,000. Luckily my insurance covered most of it, but we were still stuck with over $4000 over of pocket. I think it’s great that you guys are helping her out, I like jen’s idea of also making meals, they are going to be spending all of their time at the hospital and any free time trying to get some sleep, I think making meals is such a great idea!!
yeh i agree hun i think the best thing for you to do is to help in every other way like jen said below maybe towards food costs, clothing or gifts for the baby aswell sounds very expensive though im in the uk so i dont know the costs but thats really expensive xxxxx hope your friends baby gets better soon xxx