In Touch with Experts: LIVE presents "Finding your strength as a NICU parent" with our guest Keira Sorrells
“In Touch With Experts, LIVE" is a Q&A initiative by Kangaroo Care Day that brings evidence-based topics in plain English to families of hospitalized and well- babies and the clinicians that care for them—hosted by Yamile Jackson, Ph.D., P.E., P.M.P. (CEO, Nurtured by Design), and Marie Boone-Clark (COO, Antonia and Grace).
ABOUT THIS SESSION:
Finding your strength as a NICU parent: Grit, Resilience & Determination
As a new NICU mom to 25 weeker triplets, I felt anything but empowered. I felt helpless, fraught with guilt, and completely alone. Every dream I ever had about building and having a family of my own was erased the instant my 1-pound daughters were delivered. I was not a mother; I was a mere bystander as my babies fought for every breath. That is until I was matched with a mom who had been where I was. A peer mentor trained me to listen and guide me into my new role as a NICU mom. Kara planted the seeds of hope inside my soul that grew bit by bit over the months. Kara and the NICU Parent Support Organization she volunteered with helped me become the empowered advocate and, most importantly, the mother my girls needed.
Tremendous grit, resilience, and determination lie within each NICU parent. I know…I’ve seen it, and I’ve lived it. In the darkest moments of your experience, it cannot be easy to find on your own. Through the unique and knowledgeable peer support provided by NICU Parent Support Organizations, every NICU parent can access these core characteristics to ensure you not only survive the NICU but thrive well past discharge.
In this session, we will spend some time:
- Understanding and normalizing what you may be feeling as a NICU parent.
- Share the many NICU parent support resources available to you.
- Hear from members of the NICU Parent Network to learn how you can access these resources yourself, no matter where you live or what you need.
WHO IS INVITED?
After giving birth to triplets at just 25 weeks 5 days gestation and losing one of her daughters at 14 months old, Keira was propelled into maternal-infant health out of an unshakeable desire to ensure no parent experiences the trauma of preterm birth or loss alone.
Together, with a dedicated team of NICU Parent Leaders, Keira has grown the NICU Parent Network (NPN) to be a sought-after resource and collaborative partner for providers, researchers, industry, and other stakeholders in this niche of healthcare.
Parents are the key stakeholders and the key informants in maternal-infant health. Nowhere else in healthcare is this more important than in matters related to neonates, a patient population that cannot speak for itself.
Keira is passionate about strengthening the NICU Parent Leader community so that every aspect of maternal-infant health will be improved through informing product development, research protocols, standards of care, and educating families, communities, and providers resulting in families who thrive.
Ms. Sorrells’ commitment to authentic leadership and collaboration has successfully brought over 40 NICU support organization leaders together as they have collectively established a unified representation for NICU parents everywhere.
As Founder and Executive Director of the NICU Parent Network and her education in Family & Consumer Sciences, Keira Sorrells has been leading the movement to elevate the NICU Parent Leader as a professional in maternal-infant health.
ABOUT NICU PARENT NETWORKNICU Parent Network is a professional organization for NICU Parent Leaders who collectively represent the needs and best interests of NICU families.
We are a collaborative of over 40 NICU Support Organizations across the US, UK, and Australia. This session's moderator, Yamile Jackson, founder of Nurtured by Design, is a proud and active member of NPN.
ABOUT KANGAROO CARE DAY: The International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day is an initiative founded by Yamile Jackson, Ph.D., PE, PMP, on behalf of her son, Zachary, to improve the care of families through nurturing touch, kangaroo care, mental health, trauma-informed care, and education. It is now celebrated in hospitals globally on May 15th since 2011. Visit www.kangaroo.care