Dear Friends of Newborn Hope,
2020 was certainly a year to reimagine what we do in order to continue to thrive. In our 48th year, Newborn Hope continues to have a significant life-changing impact on families impacted by prematurity. We have seen our community come together to serve and help each other in this time of uncertainty, and we have also seen the tremendous challenges our local businesses and healthcare sectors face. We, too, have faced many challenges as an organization, but I am more inspired than ever to forge in our good community work as our partners have committed unparalleled support and engagement.
For this community partnership and support, I cannot thank you enough.
We launched the Preemie Family Assistance Fund in June 2020 to help families needing financial assistance who are in the NICU, and to support them through their transition home. Assisting with emergency living expenses, transportation costs, and medical equipment and therapies, Newborn Hope has extended support to underserved communities, military families and those experiencing hardship due to COVID-19. Together we are making a real difference, and we can’t thank you enough for your support.
Our goal is to grow in 2021. We want to serve more families through our Preemie Family Assistance Fund. We want to continue to support organizations statewide whose missions align with ours to advocate for improving the outcomes for premature babies. And we want to continue to educate and engage our community about safe-pregnancy and support programs for families who have been impacted by prematurity.
Also new in 2021, Newborn Hope is acquiring the NICU Consortium Partnership of Special Kids Special Care, an invaluable education program for our preemie community. With a diverse interdisciplinary membership of medical and health professionals, families who have experienced the NICU, and community leaders, the NICU Consortium hosts quarterly conferences to share information critical to our community. Content often focuses on care and feeding issues for premature newborns, respite care following a NICU hospitalization, and telehealth. These consortium opportunities are available to our entire community- join us sometime!
We cannot forget how critical our fight for support is. An average of 158 babies are born preterm in Colorado each week, and prematurity is still the leading cause of death and lifelong disabilities in newborns in our state. Because of you, we continue to be able to care for the babies and families behind these statistics.
We are beyond grateful for you and to our community for our collective commitment to improve outcomes for our tiniest babies.
YOU ARE HOPE. WE ARE HOPE.
Allison Bradac, Executive Director
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