There has been such an incredible surge of support, resources, and community over the course of the last few years in the preemie world. As a community group founder, it is so exciting to connect with people from all across the country. Those who seek support and those who provide it, alike.
One of the best parts of connecting with others is through local events, making face to face connections with parents who understand and can relate to the journey that the NICU brings. This upcoming Sunday is the 2nd annual Parents Of Preemies Day, a nationwide event with multiple cities holding events. Parents Of Preemies Day was created by national Non-Profit Graham's Foundation to recognize the difficulties we face as parents of premature babies. Understanding the desperate need for preemie parents to have a sense of community, this event allows people to connect on local and national level.
On a personal level, Parents Of Preemies Day means so much to me. As a parent, I understood how important it was to have someone to talk to while we were in the NICU. As a father, I understand the desperate need to let dads know there are others like them who have battled the darkness, the uncertainty, and the emotional toll the NICU brings. But I also want dads to know of perseverance, hope, and love. More important than anything, moms and dads need to know they are not alone on the journey.
Below is a handful of links to Parents Of Preemies Day. For those of you who live in the greater Chicagoland area, we hope to see you!
Great Event Pages
Parents Of Preemies Day Milestones: First Diaper Change
Parents Of Preemies Day Milestones: Meeting Grandparents
Parents Of Preemies Day Milestones: First Feeding