NICU Family Support Group

It is not uncommon for parents to struggle from the effects of acute stress following a difficult or high-risk birth. During the first 12-18 months following childbirth, symptoms of acute stress become more and more noticeable and can have a direct impact on a family’s ability to live well.  The Aurora Women’s Pavilion, in partnership with Aurora Family Service, is pleased to offer an important resource for parents who may be struggling from the debilitating effects of acute stress.

When: The 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30pm.

Where: Aurora Women’s Pavilion of Aurora West Allis Medical Center

What: A safe and supportive place where parents can come together to share their stories and build healthy parent-to-parent relationships.  Both current and former parents of the NICU are welcome!

 The purpose of the NICU Family Support Group at Aurora Women’s Pavilion is:

  • To raise awareness about acute stress and its impact on parents
  • To provide parents with a safe environment to share their story
  • To provide parents with strategies for successfully managing stress in the home
  • To support families in need by linking parents to behavioral health and community-based services

*Register for this free support group by calling Sharon Hempel at 414-329-5742.


Parent to Parent of Wisconsin

What: Parent to Parent of WI provides support to parents and caregivers through a one-to-one connection to another parent with a similar experience who knows firsthand about the feelings and realities that come with having a child with special needs. When parents of children with special health care needs are asked who best can support them emotionally, their first choice is other parents who have had a similar experience .

Who do we connect?

  • Moms, dads, stepparents, grandparents
  • Foster and adoptive parents
  • Parents of preemies, newborns, the teen years and beyond
  • Parents of children with chronic illnesses, disabilities, rare disorders, mental health or behavioral issues
  • Parents coping with grief
  • Parents new to Wisconsin

Join our statewide network of families who support each other on the journey of parenting children with special healthcare needs.  To get connected or to find out how to become a support parent, email Robin Mathea at; call 715-361-2934; or visit