The Unrecognized Warzone: Addressing PTSD in NICU Parents

This guest post by Jesse Reiter addresses an important part of the preterm birth experience – the trauma that parents of preemies face in the NICU and how that trauma can leave lasting scars that may not simply fade away with time. It was originally published here and is republished in full below with permission […]

A Q&A with our Micropreemie Support Mentor Ginger

A Q&A with our Micropreemie Support Mentor Ginger

The micropreemie journey can be like walking through a minefield for both preemies and their families. The moms and dads of the earliest babies celebrate not only the milestones, but also the minutes. Every hour in the early days is hard won. Every milestone met, a triumph. A micro-preemie parent’s courage and resilience may be […]

Today Was Supposed to Be Your Due Date

Today Was Supposed to Be Your Due Date

This post comes from our Preemie Parent Mentor Emily – her story will resonate with many preemie parents who wonder if there’s something they could have done to prevent premature birth. The fact is, however, that most preterm birth happens without warning for reasons we don’t always understand. #youarenotalone Today was supposed to be your […]

How Preemies Differ from Full Term Newborns

How Preemies Differ from Full Term Newborns

Studies show that there are differences between preemies and their full-term peers and birth and beyond, but you don’t really need to dive deep into the research to know that. Every parent of a preemie knows that preemies march to the beat of their own drums, in and out of the NICU. These differences are […]

Newborn Premature in Incubator

Continuous and Multiple Waves: The Many Emotions of Preterm Birth

The title of this post came from a study conducted in 2014 that found that mothers in particular have strong, varied, and long-term reactions to preterm birth. While most of us are personally and acutely aware of that fact, it was nice that the study’s conclusion recommended that more attention be paid to preemie parents’ […]

18 Things You Might Not Know About Premature Birth

18 Things You Might Not Know About Premature Birth

For many moms, the first signs of premature labor are obvious contractions. But for some, premature labor began with nothing more than a general “off” feeling or minor flu-like symptoms. Mothers who deliver their babies early produce milk that’s perfectly designed to nourish premature babies. A preemie mom’s milk will have extra minerals, fat, and […]

Kangaroo Care Is Good for Preemie Parents, Too

When you’re new to premature birth, everything is scary. Just looking at your preemie (and all their medical accessories) can be frightening. And the thought of holding a preemie? Terrifying! But at the same time, most new parents are desperate to hold their babies because they instinctively know that physical contact is a vital part […]

8 Things You SHOULD Say to Parents of Preemies

8 Things You SHOULD Say to Parents of Preemies

So many people have written variations of posts outlining various things not to say to parents of preemies, and that’s important. We know there is a lot of unintentional insensitivity toward preemie parents. People say some strange things to parents of preemies both in and out of the NICU, and it’s not hard to understand […]

Preemie Moms Share the Signs of Premature Labor

Everyone’s prematurity story is different and that got us thinking about how those stories begin. What are the most common signs of premature labor – like what were the very first symptoms of labor that preemie moms in our community experienced. We polled our Facebook community to find out what symptoms they experienced before going […]