Please join Seattle Parents of Preemies for the upcoming 2017 Greater Puget Sound - March For Babies event! We are honored and excited to walk through the streets of Seattle in support of the March of Dimes and their efforts to eradicate prematurity! Last year, we had an amazing turnout of 18 families (over 40 members) on our team. Let’s make our team even bigger this year! We would love to you have as part of our team!
As children hit milestone ages we expect certain developmental areas to be met. Does that same expectation fit with preemie & NICU children? What do we do when we have concerns about development in the areas of growth, cognitive & psychological function, learning issues, behavior?
Join us as we discuss this topic and address any of your concerns with Dr. Kendell German, MD,
Making the decision to have another baby after you've had a preemie is not a one that comes easy. It's a topic that is fraught with concern. It's a new year and if you're contemplating what your future family will look like, this highly sought after event is for you!
Dr. Robin DeRegt from Eastside Maternal Fetal Medicine will join us to discuss growing your family after you've had a preemie. She will address what to consider when making the decision and talk about her experience as a provider on outcomes.
Do you wish you had more emotional support? Are there things that someone in the professional community (NICU, Medical Docs, Specialists) could have done to better equip you emotionally as a preemie parent? Do you still struggle?
Is there something you can name that would have helped you? If you answered YES to any of these questions, please be sure to join us and share your story. Your attendance will help shape the future of improved Maternal Child Mental Health services in Washington State and help other preemie families who will someday find themselves traveling the road of Preemie Parenthood.
We are honored to welcome Dr. Danielle Dolezal, PhD, BCBA-D as she joins us for an informative night about helping children and families who struggle with feeding difficulties.
Her talk is entitled, “It Takes a Village: How a family and team can come together to help children who struggle with feeding difficulties.”
We will walk the 1 mile nature trail through the forest down to the beach! Bring shoes for walking on the trail and attire for the beach & getting wet if weather permits! Bring a lunch!
How to Find Us:
Meet in the parking lot, I’ll have the Seattle Parents of Preemies sign on my navy blue Subaru!
About the Park:
Stroll through the park's corridor on a one mile long nature trail. Experience the sounds of the adjacent tumbling stream as it weaves its way through the giant trees of the old forest. The stream, which is home to various aquatic life, including fresh water fish and migrating salmon, forms a small marine estuary as it empties into Puget Sound. View various bird species in their natural habitat on a hike through the forest. Or comb the beaches (see below for beach access updates) and enjoy the breathtaking views of the distant Olympic Mountains.Meadowdale Beach Park is 108 acres. It is beautiful, but delicate, and not impervious to humans and natural calamity. Its care and preservation are imperative to wildlife and the balance of people with nature is not possible without vigilance.
We are excited to host our first family picnic! This is a great, private picnic site for our use and there is a large grassy area where kids and parents can play together!
There should be ample parking available and the picnic site has two shelters available. There is a restroom on site.
Self Care for the Preemie Parent. Having a preemie can be a very a diffcult and traumatic experience. Many parents struggle with depression, anxiety, or PTSD after the NICU journey. Join us as Laurie Slater, LMFT, PhD comes to talk about this important topic: caring for yourself when you've experienced trauma. Not struggling currently or maybe you've already learned skills/methods to calm yourself? Then please come and share how you coped and cared for yourself in the darker moments of your family's journey.
Cool off with the kids at Edmonds' new splash pad water park! This is a beautiful park to enjoy getting to know each other whether its splashing in the water, picnicking under a tree in the shade, grass crawling or playing on the new gymnasium and swings! Bring the sunblock and whatever else will make you comfortable. (we have seen people bring shade tents, chairs, etc.) Hope to see you there!!
Let’s get together for a fun night and enjoy a slice (or two!) of pie! Shari’s has a full menu so there will be lots of food and drink options to choose from. They will have a large table/area for us to talk about anything we wish; come with any questions you might have.
Join us for a 4 mile walk on the North Creek Trail (or however far we get!), we will walk south to the Town Center for a coffee break and then back to the start! The path is good for kids who can walk as well as strollers and carriers. After the walk the kids can play on the playground! Feel free to bring a picnic lunch!
Join us as Dr. Leslie Butterfield, Ph.D. speaks about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety issues common in preemie parents.
Early Intervention and Services – does your preemie need a little support? Becky Smith is an Occupational Therapist and the Early Intervention Director of Northwest Center for Kids she will be coming to talk about what NW Center provides for families and red flags to watch for in your preemies.