About Keira Sorrells

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Preemie Parent Alliance

As Co-founder and Executive Director of the Preemie Parent Alliance, Keira Sorrells has been leading the movement to elevate the NICU Parent Leader as professional in maternal-infant health. 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 a deep-seated desire to ensure no parent experiences the trauma of preterm birth or loss alone. 

Articles & Authored Publications

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PROGRAM STANDARDS FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT OF NICU PARENTS

WHAT ARE A NICU PARENT’S RIGHTS IN THE HOSPITAL? KNOW THE PREEMIE PARENT ALLIANCE’S BILL OF RIGHTS

THE 7 MODULE ONLINE COURSE “CARING FOR BABIES AND FAMILIES: PROVIDING PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT IN THE NICU”

 

Remembering the Power of Stories in Pediatric Research

Pediatric research is detailed, exacting, and scientific. It provides a clear picture, a freeze frame of the study of a particular issue related to children in their infancy, toddlerhood, childhood, and adolescence. Within studies, the clinical statistics automatically mask faces, remove stories, and keep the focus on sterile data in hopes of educating colleagues on important health topics such as the quality of life for infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

Videos

Podcasts

NICU Love & Loss Podcast

Keira is the Co-Host of this series along with Kelli Kelley, Founder & CEO of Hand to Hold

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Keira is an exceptional speaker, a seasoned moderator, and a strong presenter. As a preemie parent, advocate, and passionate leader, her story and business savvy provided an incredible asset to our conference and keen insight into meeting the needs of preemie caregivers.

– Andrea Schwartz Goodman, MSW, MPH / National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition

PREVIOUS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

3rd jENS Congress – Maastricht. Poster Presentation: “Respiratory Treatment Burden and Meaningful Change: Interviews with Caregivers of Extremely Premature Infants to Inform a Phase 2B Clinical Trial Endpoint,” September 2019

Jackson MS Journal Club 2010

Prematurity Summit Austin, TX October 2011

Prematurity Summit Chicago, IL October 2011

National Premature Infant Health Coalition Summit June 2012

University of Mississippi School of Nursing 2013

2 Day Parent-NICU Nurse Communication Training for River Oaks, Woman’s & CMMC Hospitals July 2013

National Association of Neonatal Nurses October 2013 & October 2015

Baptist Health System Maternal Newborn Conference November 2013 & November 2014

NEO Conference February 2014 & February 2014

Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies April 2015

Preemie Matters Policy Summit June 2015

Preemie Parent Summit 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

University of Mississippi Medical School Pediatric Residency guest lecturer November 2015

AWHONN June 2016

TOPICS

Developmental Care: How it Helped

High-Risk Pregnancy/Multiple Gestation Pregnancy

More Than One Baby in the NICU (Multiple Gestation)

NICU Experience

Positive Interaction With a Doctor

Positive Interaction With a Nurse

Postpartum Mental Health Concerns: PPD, PTSD, or Other

Re-Hospitalization After NICU Discharge: First Year Post Discharge

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