New Play Room Now Open for NICU Siblings

Families with a baby in the Newborn Center at Regional Medical Center of Memphis now have a new Bright Space® to have fun and play in, thanks to an innovative partnership with the March of Dimes and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.

Bright Spaces, the signature program of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, creates warm, enriching playrooms in organizations that give children and families a special place to gather together and have fun. The Bright Space at Regional Medical Center is the first Bright Space for NICU Siblings in Tennessee and only 1 of 5 to be located in a NICU in the U.S. this year.

“Regional Medical Center at Memphis is delighted to partner with the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children and continue our longstanding partnership with March of Dimes,” said Pam Castleman, Chief Nursing Officer. “As a patient-centered hospital, we are excited to create an enriching learning and play facility for the siblings and families of our newborn patients.”

In addition to serving as a gathering place for families, the Bright Space at Regional Medical Center offers hope and inspiration through beautiful photography and inspiring quotes mounted on the walls. It also includes special materials for siblings with a particular focus on pretend play involving baby dolls, home living and medical play.

“Having a baby in the NICU is a challenging time for families,” said Valencia Nelson, March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter Director of Program Services. “This Bright Space will offer a place where moms can talk, siblings can play, and where families can simply be together.”

The March of Dimes chose the Rout Center for Women and Newborns at Regional Medical Center as 1 of the 5 Bright Spaces for NICU Siblings sites in the U.S. because of its longstanding relationship with the organization. March of Dimes NICU Family Support was established at the hospital in 2004. NICU Family Support is built on a family-centered philosophy and addresses the needs of parents, siblings and extended family throughout the baby’s hospitalization, during the transition home, and in the event of a newborn death.