REAL STORIES FROM THE PARENTS
Many of our parents want to share their stories with other parents currently undergoing a medical crisis with their child or with moms on long-term bed rest. If you are experiencing a medical crisis with your child or a high-risk pregnancy, please read these stories and know that you are not alone.
Parents Reaching Out is a valuable resource that offers critical, parent-to-parent and professional support, all at no cost.
Foals and Fillies 4th Annual Celebration
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Temple Hills Country Club, Franklin
Click below to see details for this and all upcoming events for 2012-13.
Where can I find support?
Parents Reaching Out, a nonprofit, community-based organization, is the only agency in Middle Tennessee which provides peer counseling to parents of premature or critically ill newborns in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), to parents of children in pediatric critical care unit (PCCU) and to mothers experiencing high-risk pregnancies. Our program is aimed at long-term solutions in the areas of preventive health care for both parents and premature infants.
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I have been with Parents Reaching Out since January of 2007, originally as a volunteer but was soon after offered the position of Pediatric Intensive Care Support Coordinator. In February 2010, I became the Director of Program Services. I believe strongly in the services that Parents Reaching Out provides because I have been there. I am the parent of a 26-week preemie boy. My son, Dylan, was 2 lbs., 2 oz at birth and spent 7 ½ months in the NICU at a Southern California hospital. Looking back on this difficult period, I believe I could have greatly benefitted from the support of those who had been through something similar while our son was hospitalized, but there was no program like Parents Reaching Out. When we moved to Nashville in 2005, I was very excited to find the support services I had needed and knew immediately that I wanted to be involved.
I have a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Psychology and am a licensed MFT in the State of California. While I do not provide therapy services to the families I work with, I have a great understanding of their issues, how they are feeling, and how to support them.