Did you know that over 450,000 babies are born premature in the United States every year? And 15,000,000 worldwide. Because of their early arrivals preemies are more susceptible to a myriad health issues including apnea, PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosis ) and RDS (Respiratory Distress Syndrome ). But technology and science continue to evolve. In fact, a preemie born today has a much greater chance at survival compared to only 10 years ago.  Keep checking back for more factoids.

The Little Bear Story

Our son was born at 29 weeks gestation via emergency c-section, weighing in at 3 pounds.  He had no heartbeat and was not breathing and had an APGAR of 1.  We were told that he probably would not survive his first 12 hours.  If he did, we needed to prepare ourselves for a long road ahead with a child with severe brain damage.

While he was in the NICU, the doctors and residents gave the babies nicknames rather than calling them by their actual names.  So they identified our son by this tiny little Bear affixed to his isolette. The bear was a gift given to him from his great aunt.  From that point forward, when the doctors and residents made their rounds they called him “Little Bear.” It stuck and eventually became the name that represents the ideals that drive the foundation.

We spent 74 days in the NICU with a re-admission shortly after our son arrived home.  Today, we're proud to say that our "Little Bear" is an fourteen year old, funny, athletic, intelligent and inquisitive young man with seemingly no ill effects as a result of his early arrival.

The Little Bear Foundation is born from the heart of the mom, whose mission is to, in some way, shape or form, support other families so that they can have an easier time navigating the experience. The Little Bear Foundation, Inc. offers support to the families of all the Little Bears of the world.