The Preemie Parents Foundation is a non-profit 501(C)3-pending organization dedicated to providing the parents and caregivers of premature babies with the tools, resources and support needed to take this unexpected journey from a place of bewilderment to a place of empowerment.
Each year, more than half a million babies are born prematurely, born too soon, too sick, and struggling to survive in one of the hundreds of Neonatal Intensive Care Units
(“NICU”) located throughout the United States alone. Premature births are increasing at an alarming rate. On July 13, 2006, NBC Nightly News did a feature story on the growing problem of premature births in the U.S., reporting that 1 in 8 babies are born before 37 weeks (prematurely).
On August 25, 2009, The New York Times reported on post-traumatic stress disorder
suffered by parents of babies in the NICU. Both Duke University and Stanford
University released reports that say parents of NICU infants experience multiple
traumas, the effects of which could last for years.
While numerous financial and medical resources exist for the premature baby, few
exist to support the families as they move through the experience. The families and
caregivers of these babies are unexpectedly launched into an emotional, physical
and spiritual roller coaster with little guidance to help them navigate the scary,
unpredictable world of ringing emergency bells and medical chaos. The emotional,
financial and physical stress placed on these families is unimaginable. The Preemie
Parents Foundation provides services and support that ensure that the
parents will survive, even if their baby doesn’t.
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