It seemed 2012 was a year of solidarity within the Preemie social media community. Life after NICU and Papas of Preemies launched late in 2011 and early in 2012, several private Facebook groups started, there was the first Parents of Preemie Day in the spring and the first annual World Prematurity Day was in November 2011 and grew exponentially in 2012.
Having the support of a community has been a key element to getting through life with a preemie – especially during cold and flu season lock down. Here is a collection of some of the 2012 posts from around the community that I’d recommend to any preemie parent or friend/family of a preemie family.
Posts to read when you are a new preemie parent:
Dear New NICU Mom by Lindsay Franks for Life with Jack
Dear New Preemie Parent by Tatum Marinkovich for Ain’t No Roller Coaster
A Letter to Me by Joel Brens for Papas of Preemies
Posts to read when you need to hear someone say the right thing:
How to Talk to a SN Parent by Marty Barnes for Papas of Preemies
What to Say (when a parent loses a child) by Jana Kimmel for Keeping up with the Kimmels
Post to read when you need a reality check:
Catch up by 2? by Jessi Bennion for Life with Jack
Post to read when words hurt:
The R Word by Amanda Knickerbocker for Understanding Prematurity
Post to read when there is an older sibling:
The Therapy Fund Vol. 6 by Melissa Harris for The Tales of the Anti-Preemie
“I am Preemie Parent, hear me roar” post:
“Get over it,” “Just Fine,” “Normal” by Tatum Marinkovich for Ain’t No Roller Coaster
Post to read over and over and over again:
1st Corinthians for Moms written by Katie Loveland for Life with Jack
What preemie posts helped you most in 2012?
editors note: I had mistakenly used the wrong last name for Melissa from Tales of the Anti-Preemie. The post has been corrected to reflect her correct last name. My sincerest apologies Melissa!