Episode 021: Supporting Families Who Have Their Babies in the NICU with Fabiana Bacchini

Brenda Agnew and Jan Marin, are co-hosting today’s episode, and they are joined by Fabiana Bacchini, executive director of the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation.

Fabiana is the Executive Director of the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation, a journalist and the published author of From Surviving to Thriving, a Mother’s Journey Through Infertility, Loss and Miracles. While in the NICU with her surviving twin, born extremely preterm, she participated in the study of Family Integrated Care (FICare). This led her to extensive volunteering in the NICU at Mount Sinai Hospital and to become an ambassador for FICare, travelling across Canada and internationally to share her experience with this model of care.

Her son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy which continued to empower her to be a strong voice and advocate for premature babies and their families. Currently, Fabiana serves as an advisor on the National Steering Committee for FICare, the Critical Care Services Ontario (ONICAC group), Child-Bright Network, Cultivating Change Committee at the Sinai Health System and The Change Foundation Caregiver Project. She also sits on the CIHR Institute Advisory Board of the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health. She is a member of the founding committee of Global Alliance for Newborn Care, (GLANCE).