Life After NICU

September Is NICU Awareness Month and We're Celebrating with Shareables!

September Is NICU Awareness Month and We’re Celebrating with Shareables!

Did you know that September is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month? Considering how many parents of preemies were not familiar with the NICU before premature birth made it a part of their lives, having a NICU Awareness Month is a really great idea. ​NICU Awareness Month is not only designed to honor families experiencing a […]

A Preemie Mom's 20 Step Guide to Surviving the Kindergarten IEP

A Preemie Mom’s 20 Step Guide to Surviving the Kindergarten IEP

I was asked recently to provide my thoughts on preparing for and surviving Eliza’s IEP as she transitioned from preschool to Kindergarten.  Much of relates to life in New York City, but may be helpful if you live outside of the city or state. And as always, your mileage may vary: 1. Get a neuro-psych […]

Things Preemie Parents Wish You Knew

In January 2017, we found out we were pregnant. But over the next several months, a complicated pregnancy wreaked havoc while the life inside fought right along with me. He came early, weighing in much smaller than a baby his age should have. Minutes later, NICU parents were born. And a new journey began. It […]

How Much Will You Tell Your Preemie about Their Premature Birth?

When kids reach a certain age, it’s not uncommon for them to express an interest in birth and babyhood. For parents of preemies, this phase – in which baby books suddenly become more popular than story books – can be a tough one. The reality of premature birth isn’t always pretty. And sometimes premature birth […]

They Need to Know that Prematurity Doesn’t End When You Say Goodbye to the NICU

The people in your life may offer you an amazing amount of sympathy and support when your family is in the NICU after premature birth. After all, it’s easy for them to see that your newborn or infant has needs that are different from those of a full-term baby when your family is being cared […]

10 Years of Helping Families with Preemies

10 Years of Helping Families with Preemies

In 2018, Graham’s Foundation entered its tenth year of improving outcomes for preemies and their families. With that in mind we’re eager to share our annual report – an infographic detailing just some of our 2017 successes and 2018 goals. Unfortunately, even after ten years there are still families we’re not reaching. Your support means […]

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 […]