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Preemie Parent Mentors

Connecting Preemie Parents with Preemie Parents

Our Preemie Parent Mentor Program focuses on providing resources and peer support to parents throughout their child’s prematurity journey. We have a team of trained parent (and grandparent) volunteers, each of whom has had their own experience with prematurity. Our mentors can help parents from the early days in the NICU to the transition home, and also, if they experience a loss.

Through our partnership with Parent to Parent USA, our program has the resources and ability to provide gentle support and encouragement. Every prematurity journey is unique, but please know that you are not alone. Mentors are available by video call, phone, text, or email. Parents are matched with mentors who have had a similar prematurity experience. 

Based on your needs, there are two ways to connect with a mentor:

  1. Question or Quick Chat
    Check mentor availability and schedule an appointment using our new online platform called “Connect.” Follow the directions on the site to create or sign into your existing VSee account. Or using your Android  or iPhone device,  download the VSee Clinic app and enter room code Grahams45. Once there, select a time that suits you and set up an appointment for a video chat, phone call, or text chat within the app. Each appointment slot is 15 minutes long and is best suited if you just need a quick chat or have a question.
  2. Ongoing Support
    If you think you may need a more lengthy conversation and ongoing support with one of our mentors, fill in the request form below. This will provide you with a personalized connection with a parent who has had a similar experience to yours.

    Either way, we look forward to connecting with you!

For any questions please contact our Program Director, Meegan Snyder meegan.s@grahamsfoundation.org

Preemie Parent Mentors General Inquiry

A general inquiry form for the Preemie Parent Mentors Program, to be sent to the program director.
  • Please select all areas of interest.
  • Please include any questions or comments you may have about the program, as well as any specific details about the support you are seeking so that we can provide the best possible match.

Please view our current Preemie Parent Mentors’ profiles to learn more about their experiences and how they provide support to fellow preemie parents.

Graham’s Foundation has joined with Parent to Parent USA as a community partner. We follow their researched and endorsed practices for parent support. For more information about Parent to Parent, check out their website at p2pusa.org.

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