GLO Preemies is shaking the NICU world with their powerful 3 step program. The 3 step program was created by Author and Preemie Parent Advocate Ashley Randolph from Sacramento, Ca who is a black mother of 3 children born premature. She has created a program that will stay with black NICU families until the child turns 18 years old. Her program is nationwide and is attracting attention from Healthcare professionals and black NICU families who thought they had no option for support. GLO Preemies is on track to have 1 million black families in the program by the end of 2021.
The 3 step program was created to provide support and resources for families with a child in the NICU. Glo Preemies will provide care and services to the entire family until the child turns 18 years old. The program is a collaboration with 30 African-American led organizations, healthcare professionals, and nationwide family centered programs dedicated to the education and empowerment of families facing a potential hospitalization of their baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Glo Preemies and hospitals will work together to identify potential high risk pregnant patients and NICU families and invite those families to an intake appointment. After joining the 3 step program, pregnant families and current NICU families will receive a custom care box quarterly until the NICU child turns 1 years old. They will also be able to join workshops, classes, free doula care services, food distribution and receive financial and transportation assistance if needed. If the pregnancy does not end in a NICU stay, that family will graduate from the program. Once the infant is ready to go home, families will move to the 2nd step which has more services and support. Some examples are: Virtual Home Visitor, Mental Health Support, Financial Assistance and a mobile NICU store to get household and baby items for free. Step 3 begins at 5 years old, the family will be able to receive the same services plus more such as: Career Support and IEP Reviews. Glo Preemies is able to provide a free month of tutoring services to preemie-born children who are having complications in school. The 3 step program is inclusive of workshops, free doula services, mental health support, custom care boxes and more. It is available nationwide and is very simple to sign up. If you are high risk pregnant you can join by asking your doctor if the hospital has GLO Preemies 3 Step Program at their facility. If they don’t have the resource, you can submit an application to join the 3 step program online at www.GLOPreemies.org/3stepprogram.
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