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 was so touched by the things that I found in my care package –particularly the poems of hope – that I had to write with my thanks. When I was told they were going to have to take my baby James at 26 weeks, I was terrified! I cried a lot, and I do mean a lot, because I had no idea what was coming. On October 22, 2011 I gave birth to a son weighing 1lb 8oz. I have never seen a person that tiny. The only thing I wanted to do was hold him close and let him know that I was there, but that was not possible. I was not able to hold James till he was about 6 weeks old; I felt as if I had missed out on the bonding process with him. But I was wrong! James snuggled into my chest and rested as if he knew who I was. I cannot explain the joy that was in my heart on that day!

He is now two months old and weighs 3 lbs 12oz. He has had a few up and down days, and I know that he still has a long way to go. I also know that I have a lot of patience yet to gain in this process. Being a single mother with another child, I can’t be there in the NICU everyday like I’d like to be, but I visit as much as I can. Yet I feel like a part of me is missing – like a piece of my heart is at the hospital. James is where he needs to be right now, though, and I hold him as much as I can to show him my love. Thank you for being the angels that you are and for reaching out to those of us who are going through this right now. The hope that your care package gave me cannot be expressed in words.”

Robbie Peyton