BENEFITING: BRIANNA MARIE FOUNDATION INC
When Ava was born and in critical condition a group of lovely volunteers in the ICN gave me a bag that had this blanket inside. There were instructions on how to use this blanket and it's purpose. I was to wash the blanket in dreft and sleep with it at night like I would a blanket or pillow. The next day or days I was to bring it back to the hospital and place over Ava. They believe that this was also a good way to help Ava recover. Although she could not see or hear me for several weeks they say she could recongnize my scent on this blanket. That was my way of letting Ava know I was there.
I want to do something beyond donating bottles and blankets. I want to do something to help moms find peace during the NICU days. If I can help ONE mother I would be satisfied. It's a scary place and one often feels alone even if you have family there for support. The Intensive Care Unit that Ava spent many days and nights in is in need of a new camera. I know for a fact they take pictures daily and place in a " watch me grow book." All of Ava's pictures were dark and a little distorted and it was mentioned the camera they have needs to be replaced.
As a mother, the concept behind this is amazing. Moments were captured when I was not able to be there. The ICN has 75 beds total and they are always full! We are raising funds to purchase a camera that can be given to the NICU at Duke Children's Hospital. We know that the pictures they take with this camera will be able to comfort a parent that can't be with their child every moment.
Working with the Brianna Marie Foundation, a federally recognized 501c3, who supports research and development of fetal hydrops (a condition that Ava was diagnosed with in utero) and fetal surgeries your donation is 100% tax exempt.
Thank you for helping alleviate the stress that many parents face when their child is in the NICU by helping us purchase a camera for the nurses and staff to use at Duke Children's. Many of these people sat, cried, and loved Ava when we weren't able to be there with her. We know a new camera will help parents transition from the NICU to bringing their babies home so much easier. Katrina and David