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Authors

  1. Walsh, Joan BSN, RNC-NIC
  2. Goser, Lori MSEd

Abstract

This article describes our creation of an innovative neonatal intensive care unit Teen Parent Support Program using a collaborative, family-centered, interdisciplinary team approach. Program development, educational content, implementation, and outcomes are reported. The success of this program is due in part to a dedicated group of interdisciplinary professionals who volunteer their expertise to provide education and support to our teen parents and families. The results of the program demonstrate an increase in parent engagement and confidence. This Teen Parent Support Program also received The March of Dimes Leading Practices Award in July 2012.