“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind — or forgotten.”
-Lilo Pelekai, Lilo & Stitch
Ohana of the Neonatal Womb met on April 30, 2016 in Seattle, WA. to raise funds, celebrate life, and support infant health at the March of Dimes (A fighting chance for every baby) of Greater Puget Sound March for Babies. The colorful array of bodies, personalities and connections created a kaleidoscope of activity until the energies moved forward in an organized pattern, merrily streaming into and along the sunlit route. The Neonatal Womb was well represented by families, professional care providers and related staff, NICU babies and grads, Community and Corporate supporters. My heart was happy to meet other NICU Grads from a variety of ages. In the true spirit of Ohana, symbolically no member of the Neonatal Womb was unrepresented or left behind. Participants were gifted with the rare opportunity to gather and connect socially within a beautiful urban nature environment to enjoy each other and the universe we share. Thank you for this gift March of Dimes! http://www.marchofdimes.org/index.aspx
SHOUT OUT to NICU parent supporters Seattle Parents of Preemies who provided us with the inspiration and materials to create this Neonatal Womb Warriors sign at the event! “About” Seattle Parents of Preemies states “Welcome to Seattle Parents of Preemies (SPP)! We are a parent-led support group for NICU and preemie families located in the Seattle and Eastside areas. SPP meets twice monthly (Swedish First Hill and Evergreen Health in Kirkland) to support to our members and provide information relevant to preemie families”. The group was welcoming, loving and engaging as we entered their booth at the event. NICU parents, please see their upcoming events at http://www.seattlepreemies.com/
Warriors! Interested in exploring how we might better promote the health and well-being of the next generation? Curious about Fetal Origins research? You might want to catch the wave of new science exploration presented in this TED talk below!