Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital

We need your help!

NICU Graduate Parents, be a part of the NICU Family Advisory Council

Your desire to join the council is completely up to you and your family needs. However, since your baby’s needs come first, we encourage parents to wait at least 6 months after your baby’s discharge to join the group. Any involvement is appreciated. You can either call or email to let us know you are interested in joining. Please include your name and contact information.


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Why Should You Become a Family Advisory Council Parent?

Meet the NICU Parents Advisory Council

Giselle and Joseph Mongiello

Mother and Father to Mia and Mikayla Mongiello born at 28 weeks.

Mia and Mikayla had a quick entrance into the world on July 26, 2015 at gestational age 28 weeks. Mia was born at 1 lb 15 oz and Mikayla was born at 2 lbs 6 oz.  Both girls had chronic lung disease, heart issues, hernia surgery, bleeding in the brain and other issues while in the NICU.  Now at almost two both girls are healthy and growing!

Both members of advisory council since January 2017.

Melissa Treves Gurkan

Mother to Olivia Gurkan

On my 32nd week of pregnancy, I got preeclampsia and rushed to the hospital with a high blood presure of 220/120 and had an emergency c-section. We stayed 40 days in the NICU and during that time we became like a family with all the great nurses and doctors who gave the best care to Olivia.

Being in the NICU is a unique experience that nobody can  fully understand unless they’ve gone through a similar journey. In our family advisory group, my friends and I are here to help as much as we can since we are all parents of NICU graduate babies. Our babies are our heroes and they are our little fighters. Just Believe in them.

Sara and Bill

Parents to Luca and Olivia

Big sister:  Siena

This is our short story.

Luca and Olivia were born at 27.5 weeks to Sara and Bill.  Prior to their early arrival, mom Sara was on hospital bed rest at Hackensack University Medical Center for 5 weeks. With mom in the hospital, dad was in charge of the twins’ older sister, who at the time was 16 months old. After a several “ups and downs” during their 91-day stay in the NICU, the twins were discharged exactly one day after mom’s projected due date. They are both doing well and currently preparing to start nursery school in the fall.

Goonjun Chandy

Alexander Chandy Kulikowski was born on May 23, 2014 at 28 weeks and weighed 1 lb 3.4 oz.. He spent 96 days in the NICU, with his biggest setback being failure to thrive. Today, Alex is 3 years old, and mom and dad are so amazed at how far he has come and how well he is thriving.