My daughter was exactly one month old the day I was first able to hold her. She was less than two pounds. I remember looking into her face, around all the tubes and wires, and knowing that I could finally breathe. If she left us that moment, at the very least, I would have this chance. She wasn't just a pile of charts. She wasn't a Googled statistic. She wasn't a mounting bill.
She is my Mae.
From that day on, everything about her experience needed to be personal. She needed her own hats, her own blankets, her own clothes. She needed me to know all the terminology, to understand the tests, to push the doctors and nurses to pay attention. She needed me to be a Parent, but how? She was my first, and now there were so specific things to know. I needed an Advocate.
Pierce's Project has a simple and profound mission: "to offer love and support to other families facing situations similar to ours." The care packages provided to the two major children's hospitals in Charlotte are the first step to letting new NICU parents know they are not alone. There are other parents who have thrived through the NICU and you can too. My family is blessed. We have had two NICU babies, and they are healthy, happy, and head-strong. Please consider donating a few dollars to a cause that hits so very close to home.