Support Services

Our Services

Dante and Dad; photo by Gary Esposito

photo by Gary Esposito

The Tiny Miracles Foundation strives to offer families support and hope as they cope with the premature birth of their child or children, navigate the frightening new world of the NICU, and eventually transition home with their tiny miracle(s). Our parent support services are available free of charge to all parents of premature infants admitted to the NICU and their families. These services include:

In-Hospital Programs

Currently The Tiny Miracles Foundation offers in-hospital support programs at the following Fairfield county CT NICUs:

Family Resource Rooms

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TTMF's Resource Rooms are comfortable, private settings where families can take a break during NICU visits, meet with a TTMF mentor, connect with other NICU families, browse the resource library, gain inspiration from the collection of stories and photos of other NICU families, seek solitude, or just relax and rejuvenate. The rooms include a computer and printer with internet access, telephone, television, DVD/VCR, and toys for siblings. The Resource Rooms are open 24 hours a day and are accessible only to NICU families and staff and TTMF mentors.

Currently we have Family Resource Rooms in Danbury, Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport Hospitals.

Nutritional Support

Light refreshments are available weekly in the Resource Rooms at Danbury, Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport Hospitals for all NICU families to enjoy.

Click here to download a printable copy of our Support Services Brochure.

NICU Parent Mentors

Our in-hospital parent mentors are caring preemie parents who offer one-on-one or group support on-site in the NICU. They are available once weekly to meet with you in our Family Resource Rooms or in the NICU, if you wish. All of our mentors are trained volunteers, and all information is kept strictly confidential. The schedule for the mentors is posted in our Resource Rooms and available from the hospital social workers or NICU Nurse Manager.

Click here to download a printable copy of our Support Services Brochure.

Tiny Treasures Welcome and Homecare Supplies

At Danbury, Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport Hospitals, TTMF provides "Tiny Treasures" Welcome Bags of supplies for when your child/children are first admitted to the hospital, and Home Care Starter Kits of preemie-sized supplies for the happy day that you get to bring your baby or babies home.

Tiny Treasures Welcome Bags include a Snoedel® baby sleeping and bonding doll, preemie-sized clothing that allows access for various NICU equipment, a special NICU Journal to record your baby's progress, craft materials to make a personal name plate for your baby's isolette, and breast milk storage supplies for mothers who are pumping.

The Homecare Starter Kit includes hard-to-find preemie-sized items such as diapers, onesies, pacifiers, bottles, skincare and other supplies, as well as information helpful for caring for your baby at home.

Click here to download a printable copy of our Support Services Brochure.

Thank you for the financial assistance and emotional support you gave us, and for all the gifts that made my son more comfortable during his 6 months in the NICU. This time has been very difficult, but you have helped us in ways I can’t even express. I will never forget your kindness.

— Stacy, mother of a 26-week preemie with a tracheotomy

Financial Assistance

TTMF's Financial Assistance Program helps families in need at Danbury, Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport hospitals. It is intended to defray non-medical costs that arise in connection with the extended hospitalization of a tiny newborn, such as parents' transportation to visit their baby, and babysitting for older siblings who are often not permitted into NICUs. The program also offers assistance to families who are transitioning their babies home, such as specialized equipment, supplies or services upon the babies' discharge. To find out more, or to apply for financial assistance, please talk to the social worker at your NICU.

Click here to download a printable copy of our Support Services Brochure.

“Blankets for Preemies”

At the Danbury, Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport Hospital neonatal units, TTMF provides colorful, fleece blankets handmade by the "Blankets for Preemies" club at Middlesex Middle School in Darien, CT. Led by science teacher and "Blankets for Preemies" founder Kelley Depiano, students raise funds to buy the fleece material, then spend an entire school day assembling the blankets which are then donated to TTMF for distribution.

These blankets are:

  • a tool for nurses to keep the incubators dark and quiet, which helps the brain development of the fragile babies who are experiencing sight and sound too early.
  • a visual guide to the parents who arrive in a crowded room of incubators to see their baby and very often their baby's incubator has been moved and they can only locate their child by the fleece blanket incubator cover.
  • a warmer for when parents hold their baby outside the incubators using Kangaroo Care.
  • a stabilizer for a tiny baby going home in a car seat that is too big for his or her body.
  • a gift that has special memories for the baby's family to cherish as a keepsake forever
  • a comfort to fragile new parents from people who care.

See photos from our 2012 Blankets for Preemies event with Middlesex Middle School in Darien, CT.

Click here to download a printable copy of our Support Services Brochure.

Additional Support Services

Parent Mentoring

TTMF's Parent Support Network offers confidential one-on-one emotional support from an individually matched mentor or from Parent Support Network mentors available in Danbury, Stamford, Norwalk, and Bridgeport Hospitals. Through TTMF you may develop an ongoing relationship with your mentor for frequent or occasional support, seek support as needed through our on-site mentors, or request support or guidance regarding a specific condition.

Our Parent Support Network mentors are caring people who have been through the premature birth of a child (or children) and who want to help others currently facing this crisis. They come from all walks of life, with children of all ages born at varying degrees of prematurity, but they all share the desire to reach out and help parents like you. Each of our PSN mentors has completed training in parental support as well as hospital protocol.

To get matched with a Parent Support Network mentor, simply call us at 203-202-9714 and leave your name, contact information and request to be matched with a mentor. You can also e-mail us at info@ttmf.org. (If you prefer, you can also have someone call or e-mail us on your behalf.) A PSN volunteer will then contact you to learn about your specific needs and circumstances, and you will be matched with a mentor based on the gestational age of your child/children at birth, particular medical circumstances, or other criteria as you request.

The amount and type of contact is up to you and may change as your needs change. You may meet with your mentor in person at the hospital or elsewhere, speak by telephone, or communicate by e-mail — whichever works best for you.

We understand that people cope in different ways. PSN mentors are trained to recognize that personal, cultural, religious or other factors influence each of our reactions to the circumstances surrounding the premature birth of a child, and to respect those differences. However, if you feel that your relationship with your mentor is not working, we want you to let us know by calling TTMF at 203-202-9714 or having someone call on your behalf.

Click here to download a printable copy of our Support Services Brochure.

After the NICU Resource Directory — Coming Fall 2013

Our own carefully-selected directory of providers, specialists and resources in the Fairfield County area, recommended by preemie parents, doctors and hospitals. Please contact us for more information.

Click here to download a printable copy of our Support Services Brochure.

Bereavement Support

TTMF has parent mentors who have personally suffered the loss of a child and have the unique ability to provide comfort and understanding to bereaved parents. We also offer referrals to local bereavement support groups, memory portrait artists, therapists, and bereavement resources.

Please contact our office for this service. You can also refer to these sections of our website:

Click here to download a printable copy of our Support Services Brochure.

Se Habla Español — Bilingual Support Services

TTMF offers Spanish language resources and interpreter services to NICU parents, staff and mentors wishing to use our programs. In addition, our website is available in Spanish and English. Por favor, llámanos en (203) 202-9714.

Click here to download a printable copy of our Support Services Brochure.

 


 

The Tiny Miracles Foundation, Inc. is a volunteer organization that provides emotional support and resource information to parents of children born prematurely. TTMF does not provide medical advice or services. Any medical questions or concerns or any decision about choices for medical care should be thoroughly discussed with your personal physician(s).

The Tiny Miracles Foundation, Inc. grew out of the Mothers of Multiples of Lower Fairfield County (MOMs) Preemie Support Network. Through the hard work and dedication of a local mother of severely premature twins, it evolved into an independent non-profit organization offering support to members of the public facing the ordeal of a premature birth. If you are expecting or have given birth to multiples and are interested in learning more about MOMs, please visit their website at www.momslfc.org.

Contact Us…

The Tiny Miracles Foundation

381 Post Road, 2nd Floor Darien, CT 06820
phone (203) 202-9714 ttmf.org info@ttmf.org

The Tiny Miracles Foundation is a not-for-profit organization recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
Our mission is to help families of infants born prematurely in Fairfield County, Connecticut.


The Tiny Miracles Foundation, Inc. (“TTMF”) is a volunteer-based organization that provides emotional support, practical assistance, supplies and information to parents of children born prematurely. TTMF does not provide medical advice or services. The contents of www.ttmf.org, our online community, our brochure, and/or other TTMF materials, services and offerings are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended, and should not be used, to replace the advice of healthcare professionals. All medical care, treatment, services, questions and decisions should be discussed thoroughly with your personal physician(s).