Jennifer is the proud founder of Speaking for Moms & Babies, Inc. We want to spread awareness about maternal and neonatal health issues through advocacy and education. Jennifer has spoken on Capitol Hill and opened briefings for both The House of Representatives and The Senate and done the same in her state capital of Albany, NY to speak on behalf of legislation designed to improve the care of moms and babies. Jennifer and her team of NICU and Maternal Parent Leaders can provide an expert panel presentation or provide a keynote speaker for any conference, fundraiser or policy briefing in the fields of maternal and neonatal health.


Jennifer can speak about:

  • What it’s like to live through a life-threatening pregnancy
  • What it’s like to deliver a premature baby
  • Coping with a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • And more… in the maternal or neonatal healthcare space


“Jennifer was the closing keynote speaker at our internationally attended conference. After days of learning the latest evidence and practices, her talk grounded us back to the WHY of our work – babies and families. Her story inspired us to keep doing our best work. The standing ovation said it all.”
— Sue Ludwig, OTR/L, CNT – President & Founder, National Association of
Neonatal Therapists (NANT)

“What an amazing gift this woman has. Her ability to share her family’s story and connect and empower us as therapists was phenomenal. I felt like I really want to work to better think of the lens the parent views us with and what I can do to help in the parents journey on our unit.”
— Barbara N, NANT 9 Conference

“I cannot begin to communicate how appreciative I am that Jennifer was willing to talk with us so intimately about her experience. It’s so important that we have a deep understanding of the trauma, loss and stress that families experience. This was a very powerful presentation. Thank you.”
— Joan A, NANT 9 Conference

Jennifer was able to speak to our entire audience, from community based organizations to midwives to the doctors. Her story of how her and her daughter’s survival was impactful. Health care providers benefit from hearing the perspective of parents such as Jennifer as this allows physicians to offer the best possible emotional support for their patients and families.
— Heather L. Brumberg, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Public Health New York Medical College, Medical Director Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network Division of Neonatology, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center

Hands down outstanding, brave, informative and inspirational. Incredibly moving way to end a wonderful conference.
— Mary L, NANT 9 Conference

Past Speaking Events

  • Speaker at the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation: Preemie Chat: January 2024
  • Speaker at Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy: “Advancing Drug Development for the Prevention of Spontaneous Preterm Birth” webinar- January 2024
  • Speaker on NICU Alumni Podcast Series- October 2023
  • Recipient of 2022 Kopelman Lectureship in Pediatrics Award
  • Speaker at 15th Annual Kopelman Lecture, at East Carolina University Hospital – October 2022
  • Speaker at National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), Annual Conference – September 2022
  • Poster Presenter at Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS), Annual Meeting- April 2022
  • Speaker at NICU Parent Network Live, Annual Conference- September 2021
  • Speaker at International Neonatal Consortium, Critical Path Institute Town Hall- June 2021
  • Keynote Speaker at New England Association of Neonatal Nurses (NEANN) Annual Conference- May 2021
  • Prolacta Bioscience Employee Town Hall Keynote Speaker- February 2021
  • Speaker at two sessions at the International Neonatal Consortium Scientific Workshop- October 2020
  • Speaker at NYSPA (New York State Perinatal Association) Conference in Albany, NY- June 2019
  • Expert Panel Speaker at Press Conference for A.2371 at NY Senate in Albany, NY – June 2019
  • Expert Panel Speaker at 2019 INC (International Neonatal Consortium) Scientific Workshop in Washington, DC- May 2019
  • Speaker at NANT 9 (National Association of Neonatal Therapists) Conference in Phoenix, Arizona- April 2019
  • Presenter at AAPC Chapter Meeting – Putnam County, New York- March 2019
  • Speaker and Advocate for AGOG (American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians) Lobby Day in Albany, New York – February 2019
  • Speaker at FDA and Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy Meeting in Washington, DC- October 2018
  • Panel Speaker at two different sessions at the Preemie Parent Alliance Summit in Falls Church, Virginia- September 2018
  • Panel Speaker for “Standardizing Safety Approaches for Neonatal Clinical Trials” Session at the 4th Annual FDA-INC Neonatal Scientific Workgroup in Bethesda, Maryland.- April 2018
  • Keynote Speaker at the 16th Annual Perinatal Conference in Tarrytown, NY- November 2017
  • Keynote Speaker at the Hope for Accreta Conference in Cleveland, Ohio – October 2017
  • Speaker at 33rd Annual NANN (National Association of Neonatal Nurses) Conference in Providence, Rhode Island – October 2017
  • Speaker and Co-Chair of the “Communication Strategies to Promote a Research Culture” Breakout Session at the 3rd Annual FDA-INC Neonatal Scientific Workgroup in Bethesda, Maryland.- March 2017
  • Keynote Speaker and Parent Panel Expert at the 32nd Annual NANN (National Association of Neonatal Nurses) Conference in Palm Springs, California – October 29, 2016
  • Expert Panel Speaker at the House of Representatives Briefing on Capitol Hill introducing House Bill 5182 (The Promoting Life Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act) on June 22, 2016
  • Expert Panel Speaker at the Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill, introducing Senate Bill S. 2041 (The Promoting Life Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act) on February 22, 2016
  • Keynote/Opening Speaker at Pace 4 Kids fundraiser for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center-held/hosted by Pace University in NY- November 2014
  • Speaker at Author Night at the Katonah Village Library in NY- November 2014
  • Keynote Speaker at Hailey’s Hope Foundation’s fundraiser at Palacio Catering and Conference Center in NY- September 2014
  • Keynote/Opening Speaker for the Westchester County, New York “March for Babies” (over 3,000 people attended) hosted by the March of Dimes-April 2014
  • Keynote speaker at “An Evening of Reflection and Discussion” to raise money for The Tiny Miracles Foundation held at the Westport Arts Center-March 2014
  • Author Night at Mahopac Public Library in NY- December 2013
  • Jennifer has done numerous book signings, book club discussions, and has spoken to many NICU support groups since publishing her book “From Hope to Joy: A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds” in August 2013.