Caring for the Caregivers

For most families, visiting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is incredibly stressful.  While some babies are born with easily treated conditions, others are facing life and death situations.  Calm and emotionally present medical staff are crucial to support families as they navigate this strange and scary environment.  The uncertainty, the stress, and the emotional roller coaster are also experienced by the professional staff who care for these families.  It doesn’t take long for this to take a toll on providers.  Unrelenting stress can lead to emotional and mental exhaustion, poor physical health, and a decreased sense of accomplishment.  Such burnout can impact both work and personal lives.

For the medical staff, it is essential to manage stress effectively. Massage is one of many valid tools to reduce stress.  Massage dilates blood vessels which promotes better circulation and increases relaxation.  This is where Minnesota Neonatal Foundation steps in.  Through generous support from our donors, we are able to off on-site massage services to neonatal staff.

Shari Branch of Just a Minute Massage, provides complimentary on-site massage therapy to all personnel that work in the neonatal areas at Children’s Minnesota- Minneapolis campus.  By bringing her services right to the staff, she can immediately address muscle tension from overuse, relieve pain, and increase energy and mental clarity.  Delayed benefits include improved sleep and improved immune function.

By bringing a healing touch to staff,  Shari helps us meet our mission:  Enhancing neonatal intensive care through a healing, empowering, and therapeutic environment for patients, families, and staff.