Sunday, July 22, 2012

Support for Preemie Parents, Families, and Friends

I know that our blog has steadily become more of a focus on Judith's challenges with CF, but her prematurity is still a big factor in her well-being, and will always be a part of who she is.  In the early days after her birth, I found comfort in blogging about her progress, but I also became a part of a wonderful community of ladies on a parenting website - many of those ladies were on the "age" boards, a few were on the special needs board and are fellow CF mamas, and the rest are wonderful mamas who also have preemies.  Their support, encouragement, and understanding helped me to get through some of the rough days, and in turn I have been able to help other parents of preemies get through some of their rough days.

A while ago, a couple of these fine ladies created a blog that so many of us in the community have contributed to.  It's designed to help, encourage, and support preemie parents, to help friends and family understand what it's like to have a preemie, to help friends and family get ideas of what they can do to help the new parents, and offers tips on various topics like exclusively pumping for a preemie, exclusively breastfeeding a preemie, germ control, early intervention, etc.  In addition, many people have submitted their birth stories, and you can read about the wide range of experiences everyone had.

When you get a chance, check it out!  Bookmark it, refer a new preemie family to it.  You can find the blog at  You can find additional support and information in the coordinating Facebook page:

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