Mother with her premature baby in the hospital NICU

Committed to a world where no parent goes through the preemie journey alone.

Family with children that were born premature

Support, Advocacy and Research for Preemies and Their Families

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Support for every path along the journey of prematurity

support, advocacy and research for every path along the journey of prematurity

You found Graham’s Foundation because you or someone you care about is facing the uncertainty and overwhelm that comes with a premature birth. We know the roller coaster that parents of premature babies face. Our twins, Graham and Reece, where born 15 weeks prematurely on Thanksgiving Day 2006. We lost Graham after 45 days and our daughter spent 4 months in the hospital before finally coming home and as we know, bringing your preemie home presents an entirely new set of challenges. As our preemie journey has evolved, so has the work we do at Graham’s Foundation.

We created Graham’s Foundation to empower parents of premature babies through support, advocacy and research to improve outcomes for their preemies and themselves. We are committed to a world where no parent goes through the preemie journey alone.

– jenn & nick

parents of preemies

Mother looking at premature baby in the NICU

you are not alone.

When your preemie is born, you set out on a journey unlike any other. Your baby is struggling to survive or to thrive, and you may feel powerless, afraid, and alone. You have to be your preemie’s advocate and support system, while still somehow taking care of your own needs. Parenting a preemie can be a profoundly difficult and isolating experience, but never assume you are alone. Studies have shown that parents who connect with NICU veterans (virtually or in person) feel less anxiety and depression, which is why we have made it our purpose to ensure that no parent goes through the journey of prematurity alone.

family and friends

Grandmother holding preemie

Support in the NICU and beyond.

When a friend, relative, or someone you care about gives birth prematurely, you may feel helpless to support or even understand them. Their world is in turmoil – and they obviously need help, but what kind? There’s no one right or wrong way to support a mom or dad coping with the challenges of prematurity, but often the best thing you can do is simply let them know you care. Research has shown that parents of preemies weather the challenges prematurity brings more easily when they have a strong network of support. You can be a part of that network by helping us show them they’re not alone.

nicu professionals

NICU nurses with preemie familyPartnering with NICUs.

We could not do all we do to support parents of preemies without the help of the NICU professionals who share our resources with the moms and dads of the babies in their care. When we communicate closely with doctors, nurses, social workers, and community liaisons, we are able to understand and respond to the needs of specific hospitals and connect with moms and dads of preemies at the local level. We believe that family support and education is an essential component of family-centered care in the NICU, and emerging research suggests that family-centered care can lead to better outcomes during infancy and beyond. Together we can empower parents and change the prematurity experience.

“I just wanted to send a quick note of thanks for the wonderful foundation you’ve put together. I just got home from a few days out of town and was welcomed by a stack of bills and a box from Graham’s Foundation. It seems so unfair that parents that don’t get to bring their babies home still have to drown in doctor and hospital bills to add to the heartache. As I’m sure you can understand, after a loss like this it’s sometimes hard to find anything to smile about. The gift I received today from you was my reason to smile. I received a key chain for myself and one for my fiance, and a booklet on losing a baby. Beautiful ways to remember our little boy coming from people who have lived through the same pain we’re feeling. Your angel must be so proud of his mommy and daddy for the amazing work they do. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the gift and most of all, the support and knowing I’m not alone.”

Olivia Quiroz