Building Relationships to Remain Essential in the NICU

October 22nd | 2:45 - 3:45 pm

COVID-19 has touched every aspect of humanity and almost all of our NICU Parent Network members who provided bedside peer-to-peer support in the NICU were deemed “non-essential” and forced to alter the way they delivered support services to families. In this session, you’ll hear from one organization & their hospital partner who was not barred from the NICU at all along with another member who quickly adapted to meet the needs of NICU families. We will focus a large part of the discussion on building and maintaining relationships with hospital partners.

Lisa Grubbs

NICU Helping Hands

Lisa is founder and President of NICU Helping Hands, a non-profit organization in Fort Worth, Texas, that develops hospital- and community-based projects to provide education and support for families with babies in the NICU, during their transition from hospital to home, and in the event of an infant loss.

Leelee Klein

The Tiny Miracles Foundation

Leelee S. Klein of Darien, CT earned a BA from Denison Univ. and MS in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College. A founding board member and past President of The Tiny Miracles Foundation, she is currently chair of their programs committee. Her daughters were born at 26 weeks in 2000.

Marisela Esposito

The Tiny Miracles Foundation

Marisela’s son was born at 25.3 week 1.15# in 2003. She has been a volunteer with TTMF since 2007 with a passion to help families of preemies & mentors at all TTMF partner hospitals. She received the Norwalk Hospital Dept. of Pediatrics Award 2015 for providing invaluable service & support to patients & families.