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Blog Posts by Afton Mower

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.

Farewell & Upcoming Changes

Dear Readers, I started this blog a number of years ago with the hope that I could help some other preemie parents by sharing my personal experiences. It was therapeutic for me to write about my experiences having preemie babies, and I have appreciated the many parents who have shared their stories and supported my […]

Jenny’s Story

This story was thoughtfully submitted by one of our readers. The week after my husband and I were married, we decided we wanted children and I was overjoyed.  We had my son 11 months after we were married and besides having preeclampsia, I was called a “constant contractor”.  I went up to the hospital many […]

Preemie Power Contest

This contest information was sent to me in efforts to spread the word about Preemie Power.  This is a good opportunity to talk about and share pictures of your special preemie. – Afton We are excited to announce that Preemie Power has begun!  Hand to Hold, a nonprofit parent support organization, established Preemie Power to […]

Book Review: Preemie Parents

“Preemie Parents: 26 Ways to Grow with Your Premature Baby”, by Tami C. Gaines, was generously donated to me so I could read and review it.  I sat down today and gave it my full attention and was surprised at how quickly I was able to get through the book.  I must congratulate Tami on […]

Preemie Bloggers

I’m sure many of you have noticed that the past month or two has been very slow on Preemie Babies 101.  To be honest I’ve just kind of burned out.  I’ve said most everything I felt so anxious to share when I started the blog, my preemie is growing up, and my passions have skipped […]