The Tiny Miracles Foundation is expanding its services to Danbury Hospital, a member of the Western Connecticut Health Network. TTMF is a Darien-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping pre-term babies and their families in Fairfield County. TTMF has been operating programs at local NICUs since 2005 and will enhance its family-centered support services in Danbury Hospital's Spratt Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
"We are thrilled to be working with Danbury Hospital in their new Level IIIB NICU," Gwen Noto, TTMF's executive director, said in a release. "Their facility is truly state-of the-art, equipped with private rooms for each baby and family, common resource and meeting areas, and a gorgeous roof-top garden where parents can seek solace, beauty and fresh air. Their visionary team has really thought of everything, and we are honored that they selected Tiny Miracles to help with the last piece of the puzzle: Providing much-needed emotional, informational and practical assistance to NICU families."
TTMF's programs at Danbury Hospital include twice-weekly one-on-one parent mentoring; a parent support network; emergency financial assistance and essential infant care equipment for needy families; Tiny Treasures supplies and resources to ease families' transitions into and out of the NICU; a website (www.ttmf.org) with an online support community; educational resources in English and Spanish; bereavement support; and "After The NICU" professional referral services. Services are free to the preemie families with babies hospitalized in the Danbury NICU, with many services also available for free to preemie families in the local community.
With more than 1 in every 10 babies born prematurely nationwide, pre-term birth is the most common, serious and costly infant health crisis in America. More than 1,200 babies are born prematurely each year in Fairfield County alone. Premature birth is a leading cause of infant death, a myriad life-threatening newborn medical complications, and significant, life-long physical, developmental, neurological, cognitive and emotional impairments. The trauma of a pre-term birth and its serious consequences is also well-documented to cause significant long-lasting and emotional, financial and practical distress for families struggling to cope with and care for their sick babies in the hospital and at home.
The Tiny Miracles Foundation's programs and services are designed to combat this serious toll on preemie families by providing support, assistance and education to empower and strengthen parents to best cope with and care for their fragile pre-term baby in the hospital and after they transition home. In addition to the parent-to-parent support and educational resources, TTMF's programs promote parent-child bonding and parental involvement in their preemie's care, and facilitate developmentally-sensitive, family-centered care and treatment in Fairfield County NICUs. TTMF's goals are to help preemie parents through a critical time and empower them to be the best parents they can be, as well as to enhance NICU services and improve the short- and long-term outcomes for local preterm babies and their families.
The Tiny Miracles Foundation currently operates in-NICU programs at Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk and Stamford hospitals, as well as community-based services to families with pre-term babies in the greater Fairfield County area.
For more information or to become involved, visit www.ttmf.org or contact The Tiny Miracles Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-202-9714.