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Laura Martin

About Laura Martin

Laura B. Martin (GA) is the NICU Ambassador Director at Graham’s Foundation and keeps parents connected with their NICU by serving as a liaison between the NICU and the foundation. She is a former middle and high school teacher and is now mom to Joseph, Campbell, and Emily. Joseph and Campbell, fraternal twins, were born at 24 weeks gestation. Campbell lived for 23 beautiful days. Joseph spent 228 days in the NICU and also experienced a near fatal bout with NEC that left him with Short Bowel Syndrome. He also has a g-tube, auditory neuropathy, hypotonic cerebral palsy, asthma, vision impairment, hypothyroidism and multiple food allergies. Even still, he is a happy and active child. Laura can be reached via email or her personal blog.

Living with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder

When my husband, Scott, and I made the decision to have children, we knew there was a strong possibility our children would have hearing loss once reaching adulthood. A hereditary hearing loss is prevalent in Scott’s paternal family. Scott, his twin sister, father, and grandmother are all hearing impaired. When our twin boys, Joseph and […]

The Challenges of Good Nutrition

It was Thanksgiving lunch at Joseph’s school. Parents and grandparents had joined their children in the school cafeteria for a special Thanksgiving celebration. Because of Joseph’s multiple food allergies and compromised gastrointestinal system due to short bowel syndrome, I had packed a lunch for Joseph that was both allergy friendly and one that I knew […]

To the NICU Nurse… Thank You.

I had never met a NICU nurse until the early hours on Halloween morning 2009. In all honesty, my first encounter with a NICU nurse wasn’t overwhelmingly positive. She was giving me the grim statistics of what living with 24 week twin boys could be like – if they even survived the delivery. There I […]

A Story of Prematurity and Hearing Loss

When Scott and I decided to have children, we knew there was a very good chance our children would have a hearing loss. Scott has a hearing loss called Otosclerosis (a hardening of the bones in the middle ear) that runs in his family. Usually, this hearing loss does not present itself until adulthood. We […]

Living with Food Allergies

Having a child with food allergies can be daunting, overwhelming, and scary. When we learned our son had multiple food allergies, I can remember being relieved to get the results but also being very nervous. Food allergies added another layer to his already complicated “preemie issues.” Joseph is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, […]