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One Love Strong Foundation is a nonprofit (501c3) organization that supports and empowers families during and after the event of preterm or urgent birth.
According to the CDC; a preterm birth is described
as when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks. (https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pretermbirth.htm)
According to the March of Dimes Website; the 2017-2020 average of preterm births are:
United States: 10.1%
North Carolina: 10.6%
Forsyth County: 12.2%
"In 2020, 1 in 9 babies was born preterm in Forsyth County." (MarchofDimes.org)
This organization was started in honor of our daughter Love. Love was born at 1 pound 9 ounces. Love was born 3 months early and stayed in the NICU for 98 days. One Love Strong Foundation began shortly after the birth of Love. In Love's early months we provided snacks and meals for the NICU staff where Love was staying. We also provided enough books to give to each family during Mother's Day. We also donated supplies to Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center NICU Department.
We are a group of like-minded individuals who are passionate about the increasing amount of premature and urgent births as well as the families who have to spend weeks and sometimes months away from their babies as they fight for their lives in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Throughout each year, we host activities to raise awareness of these concerns as well as for the benefit of families of babies who graduated from the NICU.
Our mission is to assist families who have experienced preterm or urgent births by connecting them to other community resources, advocacy, emotional and financial support, and education.
Our vision is to aid in the reduction of premature/urgent births and infant mortality by educating pregnant women, as well as those who plan to become pregnant, about risk factors that lead to early births and SIDS.
-One Love Hospital Package
-One Love Diaper Bag
-One Love Package for Siblings
-One Love Bonding Books
We also host events in the community for NICU, PICU, and special-needs families. These events create awareness and promote healthy social skills in the children.
This package will be given to parents with a few essentials and snacks while the baby is in hospital
In partnership with "Diaper Bag To Go" we provide a few essentials to the families as the baby goes home.
This package is given to the family for the siblings. The package has age-appropriate activities, toys, snacks, and games.
Love is now 2 years old. She is currently 26 pounds.
Love continues to receive services to assist with her development. She receives Physical Therapy to help with her gross motor and to get her standing and taking steps. She also receives Speech Therapy to assist her with verbal communication. Love is growing and thriving. She has an amazing personality. We recently went on a cruise and she was the center of attention.
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