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Support for every path along the journey of prematurity

support for every path along the journey of prematurity

You found us because you or someone you care about is facing the uncertainty that comes with a premature birth. We know the roller coaster. 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 premature baby home presents an entirely new set of challenges.

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

parents of preemies

Mother looking at premature baby in the NICU

you are not alone.

Premature birth puts you on a journey unlike any other. Your preemie is struggling, and you 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 premature baby can be a profoundly difficult and isolating experience, but never assume you are alone. Studies show that parents of preemies who connect with NICU parents (virtually or in person) feel less anxiety and depression, which is why we have made it our purpose to ensure that every parent gets support after premature birth.

family and friends

Grandmother holding preemie

Support in the NICU and beyond.

When a friend, relative, or someone you care about needs support after premature birth, you may feel helpless to lift up 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 after preterm birth, 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 premature birth 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 and preemie support 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 of preemies and change the prematurity experience.

“As I was crying in front of my baby at the NICU, I received your Care Package. It made me smile and it made me feel like there were others that went through the same situation I am at this time. God bless all of you!”

Ana Yllescas
Supporting Preemie Parents in Difficult Times

As we work together through these challenging times, you may have questions about how Graham’s Foundation is supporting our preemie parent community. Fortunately, because our support programs have always been delivered virtually, we are equipped to deliver all of our programs today, tomorrow, and into the future to continue to meet the psychosocial needs of parents.

Our Care Packages offer helpful tips for self-care and navigating the NICU and going home (our supplies have been in stock since before the COVID-19 outbreak), our MyPreemie app provides critical preemie-related information and helps parents journal their NICU experience, and our three dozen trained mentors are available to lend an ear and offer words of advice and encouragement.

In such a difficult time, it is more important than ever that we are here for the most vulnerable members of our community and Graham’s Foundation is ready. We are grateful to our volunteers and the individuals and industry partners who make generous donations that enable us to develop and deliver our support programs.

In Gratitude,

Nicholas Hall, Founder

Graham’s Foundation