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NICU: Resources and Links for Families

About the NICU Family Resource Guide

Welcome to the Lamar Soutter Library's subject guide for the NICU Family Resource Center. This guide is designed to provide links to information, resources, and support groups for the families visiting the NICU. Please feel free to explore the many additional resources available on the library's website

Although most of our resources are available online from any computer, we also maintain the Homer Gage Library on the Memorial campus where we have study space, computers, a printer, scanner, photocopier as well as a consumer health collection, a book swap, and a small collection of books. The library is located on the first floor near the cafeteria and amphitheater.

Family Resource Center in the NICU

The NICU Family Resource Center (FRC) provides a friendly, comfortable space where parents and families with babies in the NICU can access current, high quality resources in support of their health information needs.


  • Information on community resources and support groups
  • Books and materials that focus on prematurity, newborn growth and development, parenting, breast-feeding and more.
  • Brochures and pamphlets relevant to:car seat safety, RSV, infant feeding and developmental  progress.
  • Web site information that pertains to prematurity, parenting and breast-feeding.
  • Videos on NICU experience, educational videos on newborn care, parenting and home safety
  • Online resources are available only during staffed hours


Most materials are available for loan. Simply fill out the lending card located in back of the book or video. Due to limited library collections, lending times are for one week.


Staff will assist users in locating resources to answer specific concerns. If resources (print or online) are not available in the FRC, FRC staff will contact the UMMS library, and outside institutions and organizations for further information. Internet use is provided during staffed hours.

If FRC staff is not present, users can leave reference and photocopy service request forms in the FRC mailbox at the NICU front desk. 

About the Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Room is located across from the main desk and is open 24 hours a day for usage convenience. 
Did you know that reading at birth is doctor recommended? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents should begin reading aloud to children from birth. Some of the benefits of reading during the early years of life help to stimulate brain development, strengthens parent-child bonds as well as fosters school readiness.

*Helpful Website: Reach out and Read. Provides helpful information and useful links regarding literacy.

Kindles at the Bedside

Kindle Fire HD 7 Tablets are available for family use at the bedside. Please ask to borrow one while you are visiting.

The Kindle Project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. #HHS-N-276-2011-0001C with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

NICU Celebrated 40 Years!

Our NICU has earned an international reputation for the TLC that helps these tiny miracles. More than 20,000 babies have been cared for in the last four decades, and the team has been a part of incredible advancements in how critically-ill babies are nurtured. Watch the video here, if the link doesn't open in the box below. Published on Mar 17, 2015 on YouTube.