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JENNIFER DEGL

AUTHOR, SPEAKER, MATERNAL & NEONATAL HEALTH ADVOCATE

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NICU Awareness Month

NICU Awareness Month

September is NICU Awareness Month and September 30th is NICU Awareness Day. This month also hosts a few other important recognition weeks. Neonatal Nurses Week was the week of September 11th and Neonatal Therapists Week was the week of September 18th. 

The 2022 iCAN Summit

The 2022 iCAN Summit

Last month I participated in the International Children’s Advocacy Network (iCAN) Summit in Lyon, France. iCAN is a worldwide consortium of children’s advisory groups that work in unison around the world to provide a voice for children and families in medicine, research, and innovation.

My Micro Preemie Turns 10 Today!

My Micro Preemie Turns 10 Today!

My micro preemie turns 10 today! She was born at 23 weeks gestation, weighing only 1 pound and 4 ounces and she was just 11 ¼ inches long. It was a long journey, filled with trauma, fear and a lot of love. Happy Birthday to my micro preemie!

Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting 2022

Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting 2022

It was an honor to present at the 2022 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting in Denver last weekend. This event was very special to me because I was presenting the research on the paper that I published in the Journal of Perinatology as lead author, as part of the International Neonatal Consortium, called “The culture of research communication in neonatal intensive care units: key stakeholder perspectives.”

Conflict in Ukraine: Effects on Moms & Babies

Conflict in Ukraine: Effects on Moms & Babies

The NICU Parent Network (NPN) and National Perinatal Association (NPA), stand in solidarity with our European neonatal and perinatal colleagues as they struggle to provide care and support to the most vulnerable, medically fragile babies and their families. The Relief Fund for NICUs in Ukraine, a fundraising effort providing targeted support for the Polish NICU parent organization, the Coalition for Preemies – Koalicja dla wcześniaka are providing support and we want to help.

World Prematurity Day 2021

World Prematurity Day 2021

Wednesday November 17th was World Prematurity Day, and boy did we celebrate! The New York Bridge State Authority was super supportive and agreed to light up the Mid-Hudson Bridge (in New York) purple to help us spread awareness. It was beautiful.

Mid-Hudson Bridge Will Light Up Purple on World Prematurity Day

Mid-Hudson Bridge Will Light Up Purple on World Prematurity Day

In honor of World Prematurity Day, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge in Highland, New York, USA will light up in PURPLE at dusk on November 17, 2021 to raise awareness for premature babies like my daughter, Joy. Will you watch it live with us? You can watch it live on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferDegl

I published a paper in the Journal of Perinatology!

I published a paper in the Journal of Perinatology!

Our paper in the Journal of Perinatology looks at the relationship and communication between neonatologists, NICU nurses and parents in the neonatal intensive care units and how that affects clinical research. The NICU key stakeholder survey results discussed in the paper suggest that there are considerable opportunities for improving communication with parents and nurses about clinical trials on neonatal units.

FOR NICU FAMILIES, RACIAL AND HEALTH EQUITY IS NOT JUST A MOMENT

FOR NICU FAMILIES, RACIAL AND HEALTH EQUITY IS NOT JUST A MOMENT

Three parents share personal experiences, often raw and painful, to urge the neonatal nursing community to increase actions, whether in research, quality improvement initiatives, or policy, to propel the work forward by enhanced collaboration with mutual trust and understanding so all NICU babies thrive from new drug development.