Preemie Matters – August 2013

In this issue of Preemie Matters Breastfeeding: The Importance of Preparing Mothers of Preemies Prior to Discharge • Multidisciplinary Guidelines for the Care of Late Preterm Infants • Tiny Miracles Foundation • Preemie Parent Alliance Summit:October 4-6 in Nashville • Internship with NPIHC

Breastfeeding: The Importance of Preparing Mothers of Preemies Prior to Discharge

Our newest post on the NPIHC site comes from Maureen Doolan Boyle, Mothers of Supertwins (MOST), spotlighting the importance of breast milk for preemie health and how we can support moms of preterm babies. Breastfeeding: The Importance of Preparing Mothers of Preemies Prior to Discharge shares both personal and clinical perspectives, as well as links to helpful resources.

Multidisciplinary Guidelines for the Care of Late Preterm Infants

Our August 8 webinar spotlighted the "Multidisciplinary Guidelines for the Care of Late Preterm Infants," an evidence-based approach to providing safe and supportive care for this vulnerable group. Presenter Raylene Phillips, MD, IBCLC, FAAP, reviewed this new resource and described how its use will lead to improved outcomes for late preterm infants by providing guidance, education, and support for families and the healthcare providers who care for them. Make sure to share these slides and audio, now accessible online as a resource for parents and other advocates, professionals in the field of infant health, and physicians and clinicians providing care to premature infants and their families.

Tiny Miracles Foundation

The Tiny Miracles Foundation is dedicated to helping families of premature infants in the Fairfield County, Connecticut area. This parent-founded organization provides support, information, services, and supplies to families during and immediately after their hospital stay, addressing the myriad family needs that extend beyond the medical care of fragile babies. Their programs include Family Resource Rooms, NICU parent mentors, "Blankets for Preemies," welcome and homecare supplies, and financial assistance. Beyond the NICU, they offer parent mentoring, a resource directory, bereavement support, and bilingual support services. They also host web-based resources and an online community with discussion groups and a weekly chat. On September 29th, the Tiny Miracles Foundation will host their Wild Family Event at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

Preemie Parent Alliance Summit: October 4-6 in Nashville

Registration is open for the annual Preemie Parent Alliance Summit, the only weekend-long event of its kind bringing preemie parent leaders together to network, collaborate, and share best practices - toward the goal of supporting families who have been affected by preterm birth. Set for October 4-6 in Nashville, PPA's summit also welcomes clinicians and other professionals from the prematurity field, and will feature a lineup of speakers including PTSD expert and trauma survivor Michele Rosenthal, organizational development consultant Vicki Clark, and media training experts Michele Rosenthal, Julie Howard, and Lori Aston. A discounted hotel room block is available until September 13th.

Internship with NPIHC

Do you know an outstanding student in the Washington, DC area? NPIHC is seeking an intern to support the program in the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition's Alexandria, VA office. The position will report to NPIHC's program manager. Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to


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