Life in the NICU

When Your Preemie Isn't a 'Typical' Miracle

When Your Preemie Isn’t a ‘Typical’ Miracle

Tales of prematurity in the media are usually focused on families beating the odds… of the smallest preemies moving on to live the biggest lives without any problem more pressing than a tendency to catch colds. Miracle babies, they’re often called. And we won’t debate that they are indeed miracles, but we’ve also seen how […]

Uplifting Quotes for Preemie Parents

Uplifting Quotes for Preemie Parents

All parents of preemies need encouragement to weather the slings and arrows of premature birth. Even though the birth of any baby is a miraculous and awe-inspiring occasion, premature birth also brings enormous worry, fear, and anxiety that can last long after a family has left the NICU behind. When prematurity feels like a battle […]

Advice for Parents of Preemies from Parents of Preemies

Advice for Parents of Preemies from Parents of Preemies

When it comes to what to say to parents of preemies (and what not to say to parents of preemies), the moms and dads who’ve been there in the trenches of the NICU know best. While not every parent of a premature baby wants to hear the same things, the list below contains suggestions from […]

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 […]

Denise Shares Her Story of Having a 30 Weeker After a 34 Weeker

Denise Shares Her Story of Having a 30 Weeker After a 34 Weeker

I was pregnant with my son in 2014 and I can remember it like it was yesterday. He was the first boy on my husbands side of the family so it was very exciting. The weekend before I had my son my husband and I took part one of a two part prenatal class. Luckily […]

Linda Remembers the NICU Nurses Who Made All the Difference

Linda Remembers the NICU Nurses Who Made All the Difference

**From now through January 27, 2017, we are joining Pampers in inviting parents, co-workers, family members and friends to nominate and share the story of an extraordinary NICU nurse who provides babies and their families with special touches of love – stories like the ones shared here. You can nominate your preemie’s favorite nurses at […]

Meet Our 2017 Ambassador Family

Meet Our 2017 Ambassador Family

When Katie and Tom Timmers became parents unexpectedly when Katie was just 28 weeks, 4 days along in her pregnancy, it was a surprise. Like many women who give birth to preemies, she had no major health issues and no idea that she might deliver early. “I started getting swollen at about 24 weeks along,” […]

Preemie Parents Share About the NICU Nurses that Meant So Much

Preemie Parents Share About the NICU Nurses that Meant So Much

Preemie parents know that NICU nurses are heroes. They are more than healthcare providers. As time passes they become confidants, friends, mentors, extended family members, and advisors. They laugh with us and they cry with us. They celebrate victories – no matter how large or small. They mourn with us – the loss of a […]