NPA's commitment to Family Support is exemplified by our

Family Advocacy Network 

The Family Advocacy Network (FAN) champions collaborative relationships between families and the medical professions who care for them. 

FAN brings together family advocates from every arena of maternal-infant care to share their ideas and cultivate their talents as we address the medical, educational, and psychosocial needs of families. 

Join us as we work together to bring real, measurable, and substantive progress in the implementation of family-centered care.

                                                    Co-Chairs: Cheryl Milford, MEd. and Erika Goyer

For more information, email egoyer@nationalperinatal.org





See a list of FAN's current initiatives and upcoming events:

  • Free FAN Seminar on Wednesday, March 14th at Loma Linda University
  • Family workgroup on perinatal substance use
  • Interdisciplinary workgroup on evidence-based NICU discharge readiness
  • Interdisciplinary workgroup on perinatal mental health
  • Interdisciplinary workgroup of optimal use of human milk for vulnerable infants
  • Interdisciplinary workgroup on disparities in perinatal health care
  • Webinars in collaboration with the Preemie Parent Alliance





Learn more about NPA's approach to family-centered care:

Visit our companion website support4NICUparents.org


"In the ideal NICU, psychosocial support of both NICU parents and staff should be 
goals equal in importance to the health and development of babies."

       - Hynan MT & Hall SL. "Introduction: Psychosocial Program Standards for NICU Parents." J Perinatol Supplement Dec. 2015.


Read these articles by NPA leaders:



View Past FAN Presentations:


Setting Families Up for Success: Modeling Shared Decision Making 

This parent panel was presented on Friday, April 29th in Houston as a part of NPA's Conference, Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Perinatal Decision Making in the 21st Century

If you are interested in having a panel like this for your organization contact Erika Goyer, NPA's Family Advocacy Network co-chair at egoyer@nationalperinatal.org 





Utilizing Trauma-Informed Care to Strengthen Your Organization 

with Kara Wahlin, LMFT

Participants in this discussion learned:

  • the principles of patient-centered, trauma-informed care.
  • why women are vulnerable to re-traumatization in the perinatal period.
  • how to address clients' risk factors while promoting their strengths.
  • why we must recognize and honor our unique needs as caregivers.

Visit NICU Healing, Kara Wahlin's online therapeutic resource designed for families currently in the NICU






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