While many events spread the word about preventing premature birth and helping premature babies survive and thrive, this one focuses on supporting the moms and dads themselves. As the Parents of Preemies Day site explains, “Each year, 13 million babies are born prematurely across the globe to parents who never expected their birth stories would be so challenging. Though medical breakthroughs continue to improve outcomes for preemies, experts are only now beginning to understand the intense psychological effects that premature birth has on moms and dads.”
Graham’s Foundation, organizers of Parents of Preemies Day, suggests parents and friends and family of preemie parents support this day of awareness in a number of ways, including:
- Visit their Parents of Preemies Day Facebook page and post a picture of you and your preemie along with your story of “Hope, Resilience & Miracles.”
- Celebrate with new preemie parents by taking a gift to your local NICU (like bagels, candy, cards or other treats) on March 10.
- Join the #ParentsofPreemiesDay Twitter chat on March 10 from 2-3 p.m. EST.
Graham’s Foundation offers practical and emotional support to parents of premature babies. The foundation supports parents by providing care packages during their journey in the NICU and transition home. It was created by Jennifer and Nick Hall, who lost their son Graham not long after he was born at 25 weeks and 3 days.
Here at Babble, we’re also proud to point out that Babble Voices writer Heather Spohr does great work as well with her family’s organization supporting parents of babies in the NICU, called Friends of Maddie. Created in honor of her daughter Madeline, Friends of Maddie also provides support packs to NICU families.