Sometimes, caregivers need help that isn’t necessarily task-based. Sometimes, parents and caregivers want someone to commiserate with, get advice from, and talk to. In many cases, support groups can fill this void, as they are composed of parents going through the same situation who can provide a perspective that doctors, therapists, or parents of children without disabilities simply cannot provide. As online support groups become more widespread, parents can more easily find individuals to talk to, though in-person groups still exist.
Parent Support Groups for HIE
The following support groups exist for parents of children with HIE:
- Hope for HIE: A closed forum for parents of children impacted by hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy; maintains a worldwide presence with country- and state-specific subgroups.
- Support for NICU Parents maintains a list of peer-to-peer support groups parents can join.
- Newborn Brain Cooling is a closed support group for parents whose children have received hypothermia therapy (brain cooling) as infants.
- BabyCenter has several message boards relating to HIE, including the
Children and Babies with Global Developmental Delay board, the Delayed Darlings Group and the Special Needs and Medically Complex Children
- Beautiful Faces of HIE is a closed Facebook group.
- Coping with HIE/CP is an open Facebook group for parents of children with HIE and/or cerebral palsy.
Other Special Needs Parent Support Groups and Resources
Other support groups and resources for more general special needs concerns include:
- Epilepsy.com has a forum available for those impacted by epilepsy.
- CityData has a forum dedicated to helping parents of children with special needs.
- Circle of Moms provides a forum for mothers of special needs children.
- Parents of Disabled Adults is a forum for parents of adult children with disabilities.
- PreemieWorld provides a regular newsletter to point parents of premature babies towards resources, support groups, and certain products to help parents care for their child at home. It also has a Preemie Directory that can point parents towards resources and help for their kids, as well as parent and professional newsletters that track new developments, groups, and resources in the field.
- The Inspire Forums have forums dedicated specifically to parents of preemies.
- March of Dimes seeks to help prevent preterm births.
Often, many larger disability-related organizations such as the Arc or United Cerebral Palsy will also have resources available for parents to support each other locally. Often, individual blogs, such as CP Daily Living, have listings of individual parent support resources as well.
Note: The HIE Help Center has no affiliation with the above support groups, and aims to provide this listing as an informational resource only. Participation in many of these support groups is closed and limited only to parents of children with a specific diagnosis, making these forums and/or websites safe spaces for parents to freely discuss their child’s diagnosis freely.
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