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  1. Jae says:

    I wanted to give you a little information about our new journal and how it helps parents and siblings cope with the birth of a premature baby. Whether a parent is in the NICU or out of the NICU, our journal offers comfort, healing, and support. We have included ‘A Letter to My Baby’, ‘Family Tree’ and more family support pages in our new 72 page journal and Preemie Baby Book, please take a look as I know you are a huge advocate for the cause. 
    We are working towards a common goal and would appreciate your support. Our journal is available through Amazon retail at: https://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Williams/e/B004G0E4PC/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 but is also available for NICU’s to carry as a stand-alone for their preemie guests.
    We offer half off directly through our distributor and printer, at $12.49 per book. Each book, blue or pink, carry the same 72 pages inside of full color, fill-in journal. It is a book that sets parents up for a true expectation of the NICU, as well as being a baby book for premature infants for the future. It is graphically illustrated and beautiful. Please take a look and recommend to others in your profession as you see fit.
    Thanks for your time, and all that you do. Together we are bringing awareness, resources, and celebration in the moments of prematurity through healing.
    ‘A Journey to Home, A Preemie Baby Book, and NICU Companion Journal’?
    72 Pages?
    Full Color
    Fill-In? Journal
    Size:. 8″x10″
    Link:. https://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Williams/e/B004G0E4PC/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0?

  2. heather says:

    I thank you also for the posting, Nicole. I am the mother of a 2 year old daughter and 10 month old premature twin boys. My water broke (just one of the amniotic sacs) when I was 27 weeks pregnant and I thought we were going to lose the boys. I spent almost 3 weeks in the hospital staying pregnant and then went into labor from an infection just shy of 30 weeks. Our boys spent 6.5 weeks in the NICU, and yes, the emotional roller coaster during that time and even now is still quite difficult. It’s a terrifying experience to be gazing at your one day old baby through the incubator walls and to literally watch him stop breathing. Or to be holding your newborn, looking him in the eyes and feeding him, and then watching him turn blue because of a bradycardia episode. Or to be feeding one baby and hear the alarm sound for the other, and to have to shout, “I’m not with Baby A; somebody please help!” Nobody understands the struggles families encounter when they have premature babies unless they are initiated into the club themselves. And the information out there on prematurity is sparse or very much gloom and doom (I have first hand experience trying to find premature baby success stories when I was in the hospital with my laptop). Thankfully, our babies are doing relatively well with no signs of major health issues so far (they have a few health matters being monitored, but nothing that we believe will result in long term disabilities). I hope your article helps jump-start a prematurity awareness campaign. I’ll do my part to pass the word.

  3. Cass says:

    Thank you for posting this. My son who is almost 3 months was born at 34 weeks and 2 days due to my development of Preeclamsia. He made it through (and so did i ) 2 weeks in the NICU and has now become the best eating, sleeping, fully focused and loving everything baby. He was sleeping though the night 2 weeks after he was home and i cant tell you what a relief that was. I had heard horror stories up and down the halls of the NICU. I even slept there during the week and one night a baby did die, I scooped up my litle man and stared at the monitor watching it and him carefully for the rest of the night. it is not a fun experience, but the day they pass the car seat challenge and you are signing them out of the hospital and on the way home, that is a day of success for them…not you. <3 truly to me the first milestone in their life, overcoming what should of been death.

    I love you my Benjamin <3

  4. oceantriana says:

    As the mother of a preemie, I want to thank you for writing this. I consider myself and my family lucky in that my son only spent 10 days in the NICU and so far does not appear to have any health issues due to his prematurity. However, during his brief stint in the NICU, we saw so many babies struggling through each day. It was terrible to see. I had no idea there was an awareness day for it but will spread the word. Unfortunately, I definitely think prematurity is something you don’t fully understand until you experience it for yourself.

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