A foundation grant covers a portion of the costs incurred by the Ronald McDonald House of Wichita to provide lodging and food for Northwest Kansas families staying near a loved one receiving medical care.
A pediatric medical crisis is one of the most stressful experiences a family will face, especially when forced to travel far from their homes and networks of support for the care their child needs. In 2021, the majority of Northwest Kansas families who stayed at the Ronald McDonald House had premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). These families stayed an average of 14 nights.
Research shows that exposure to parents, especially mothers, for premature infants improves sleep patterns and increases breastfeeding. Stress and anxiety are also lowered for parents as they become more confident around their premature infant.
RMHC Wichita is the only organization in Wichita that provides temporary housing to out-of-town expectant mothers in high-risk pregnancies and families with seriously ill or injured children.