This Prematurity Awareness Month, we’d like to shine some awareness on so many families who leave the hospital after giving birth without their baby. During one of the scariest and uncertain times of new parents’ lives, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley is there with more than just a bed to sleep in. This month is near and dear to our hearts because 44% of the families we served in 2019 were here because of their premature baby who was fighting every day in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Through their stay, we are here to offer support and want to make sure that all a family has to worry about is helping their child. Many of the parents we serve did not have time to prepare at home before their baby arrived. We hope to ease some of those strains by providing some essentials parents may need in our Petite Boutique! Here, parents can fill a bag of items they may not have had time to grab because their bundle of joy made an early appearance into the world. Preemies need smaller clothes and diapers so many families grab those items, as well as blankets, toys, bottles and so much more! Thanks to community donations, this room is a saving grace for families as they transition into their new home routine. Together, we can give every family the best possible start.
If you’d like to help support families with babies born prematurely, please check out our wishlist for the Petite Boutique!