Other Important Considerations

When working with NICU families we should remember:  Each family is unique

Every family has their own distinct needs, values, and priorities.


This section discusses some important topics to consider when doing discharge planning.

We are mindful of families who:

  • are limited in their English proficiency

  • are active military

  • are headed by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) parents

  • have disabilities

  • are culturally and/or philosophically distinct in ways that need to be considered in NICU discharge transition planning

This list is not comprehensive. We will continue to build this section and add new insights, recommendations, and resources as they are developed.

Content will be added to this website upon publication of the Interdisciplinary Guidelines and Recommendations for NICU Discharge Preparation and Transition Planning in a SPECIAL Supplement in the Journal of Perinatology.

Families with Limited English Proficiency
Military Families
LGBTQIA+ Headed Families
Parents with Disabilities
Families with Distinct Cultural and/or Philosophical Expectations