Thursday, March 7, 2013

1,000 Reasons To Say Thanks

By Joel Brens-

Today I am humbled by the sheer power of community. While this community is so much more to me than a number, the magnitude of reaching 1k followers on a platform such as advocacy for fathers in the NICU, I know in my heart and mind we are making a positive impact. We have had quite a ride here at Papas, as we are just a little over a month from our first birthday.

I wanted to take a quick moment to say a few thank you's.

To begin, thank you to everyone who is part of this community. Whether Prematurity/NICU affects you directly, you are related to someone or know someone who is, or you one of the many friends who follows us, I appreciate you lending an ear to learn more. The tide is changing in the NICU/Prematurity world and we are most excited about being part of it.

I want to take a moment to recognize a couple of parent pages who have helped me along the way:
Ain't No Roller Coaster
Life With Jack
Reagen's Place
Jaxies Journey
The Mighty River Ryan
Nash News
Urban Flowerpot

I'd like to thank the Preemie Parent Alliance for all their support and unique opportunities they have provided me, including all the organizations that are members, notably:
It's A Preemie Thing
Eli's Hope
Preemie World
Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation
Hand To Hold
Graham's Foundation

I want to thank the professionals who have contributed to our page:
Jodi of Peek-a-boo ICU
April of Lily's Amazing Grace
Dr. Sue Hall

To all the dads who are part of our contributing team:
Mark, Jon, Rob, Jonah, Tom, Jacob, Joe, and Brandon

To my mentors in the preemie support community, who truly do not understand the level of gratitude and regard I have for them:
Aimee Sprik of Life After NICU (support group)
Erika Goyer and Kelli Kelly of Hand To Hold
Keira Sorrells of Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation and the Preemie Parent Alliance

Most of all, I owe my biggest thanks to my biggest fan, my beautiful wife Gena. Without her unwavering support Papas wouldn't exist. Her desire to help support others as well is a driving force for me.

I am so excited for what the future holds, we are just at the beginning of making a real impact for fathers and families of babies in the NICU. Thank you, thank you, thank you a thousand times over.

Joel Brens
Founder, Papas Of Preemies


  1. Well followed because it's well done. Congrats Joel, and the Papa's team!

  2. Thank you for what you do! We just started our blog because our preemie came home 7 weeks ago and we have a section for my husband to write out his thoughts too. I'll be sure to pass on your blog for him!