One Love Strong Foundation is a nonprofit (501c3) organization that provides peer support during and after the event of preterm or urgent birth. Support for high-risk pregnant families and NICU Parents is a priority for One Love Strong Foundation.
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 and seeing a need for preterm or urgent birth support . 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 connect families who have experienced an urgent/preterm birth and high risk pregnant families to vital community resources while offering emotional & financial support, advocacy, 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
-Love's Community Closet
-Love's Community Chest
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, as well as provide support for NICU Parents .
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 currently 3 years old. She is now weighing 29 pounds.
We are so excited to express that Love has completed her services at the Center For Exceptional Children. She has significantly closed the gaps in her developmental delays.
Stay tuned for more updates!