Volunteer Profile: Offering Support as Someone Who’s Experienced the Same

What makes us parents, at the most basic level, is our little bundles of joy. We are all a part of that special group of people who are guiding new lives through the world, and we are related to each other because of them. But some bundles are littler than others. And when your joy comes in a 1 pound, 4 ounce package, your joy is mixed with terror and uncertainty. And parents who have experienced that terror certainly understand what I’m talking about. I’d like you to meet one of those parents: Jason Pyciak.

Jason and his wife Niki welcomed their daughter, Natalie, into the world almost 7 years ago. Natalie was one of those bundles of joy who was so tiny, that she had pounds to gain before she’d see “little”. Not even 2 pounds, Natalie was a one of the special, fragile residents of the NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit) at Beaumont. The Beaumont Parenting Program offered Jason and his “little” family the support of a NICU STEPs group. During Natalie’s 5 month stay in the NICU, Jason and Niki felt very alone, but their experience with the BPP was so positive, Jason felt he had to give back.

 

Jason now serves the BPP as a volunteer NICU STEPs group leader and a member of the Parenting Program Advisory Board. He works side by side with one of the volunteers who helped him through his NICU experience in support of other families navigating the joy and terror with their fragile bundles. When I asked him what his favorite thing about being a volunteer for the BPP was, Jason said,

“the fact that I see a sense of relief or hope on a parent’s face is the most rewarding thing. I’m talking with people who are going through an intense and stressful time, and the fact that I can maybe help relieve some of that stress is a great feeling.”

When he’s not volunteering for the BPP, Jason works as a trainer at the Volkswagen Customer Care Center. Those of you who follow the BPP on facebook will not be surprised that this self-professed “huge nerd” lists computers and gadgets among his hobbies, but Jason also enjoys golf, softball, and attending kids’ rock concerts with his family. (Natalie recommends Verve Pipe and the Candy Band.) Having survived the roller coaster of his NICU experience with Natalie, Jason says he has “learned to prioritize the little things of life like work and chores.” Family comes first for Jason.

When I asked Jason what advice he has for new parents, he advises us all not to take our kids for granted, and to realize that they are all different, and they are all special. I think that is a terrific reminder to all parents – no matter what size your bundle of joy was – or how big they’ve gotten to be. Thank you, Jason, for the “little” reminder, and for all you do for the BPP community.

—Nicole Capozello, Parenting Program Volunteer

1 Response to “Volunteer Profile: Offering Support as Someone Who’s Experienced the Same”


  1. 1 Anonymous May 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Jason, you are an amazing NICU Volunteer! Thank you for providing education and support to our NICU families. You have touched the lives of hundreds of parents, helping them to feel more confident, while bringing them a sense of comfort and hope. As far as dad’s go – your the best! 🙂 Deanna


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