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
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
The Mighty River Ryan
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
Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation
Hand To Hold
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.
Founder, Papas Of Preemies