Anne Richter is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and New York Law School. She works as a partner at McManus & Richter, P.C. in New York City.
Anne’s daughter Eliza Grace was born in 2006 at 26 weeks and weighed 1 pound 4 ounces. Eliza had a very difficult course in the NICU and came home with many medical needs after 100 days in the NICU. At the time Eliza was in the NICU, there was no hospital NICU support group. Anne started the NICU support group at the hospital shortly after her daughter was discharged. Anne also co-moderates an online support group for parents of micro-preemies and has been an active fund raiser for organizations which assist and support children with special needs. When Anne learned about Graham’s Foundation she thought it was a wonderful way to assist NICU families, who so desperately need support and a connection to other families with micro-preemies. Anne also devotes her time to helping families navigate post-NICU life including obtaining Early Intervention and school based services. She is also active in Eliza’s school PTA and School Leadership Team where she works to educate parents, teachers and staff about special needs children in the classroom.
In addition to serving on the Graham’s Foundation Board of Directors, Anne is also an active blogger. She gave birth to her daughter, Eliza Grace, on March 15, 2006. Eliza was born extremely prematurely, weighing only 575 grams, after Anne developed Pre-eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome. She began blogging in 2007. Back then there were very few support groups, online or in real life, for parents of extremely premature babies. Blogging gave Anne a place to voice her joys and worries and was a way to document Eliza Grace’s successes and progress. Anne came across Graham’s Foundation shortly after it was formed through an online search of support groups for micro preemies. Although she was a few years out of the NICU by then, Anne was able to become involved with Graham’s Foundation in order to give back to those families who were only starting their NICU journey.
Take a few minutes to read some of Anne’s writing: