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Celebrating NICU Life with Listen to Your Mother

Each spring, select cities throughout the U.S. and Canada host the annual storytelling show, Listen to Your Mother. Listen to Your Mother is a national series of locally-produced shows in which local writers, authors, storytellers, bloggers, and more take the stage to share their written works on the beauty and the beast that is motherhood.

Since its inception in 2010, many NICU parents have graced the Listen to Your Mother stage. Here we’ve compiled several stories that illustrate the heartbreak, the guilt, the anxiety, but also the hope of being a NICU parent.

As her preemie prepares to start kindergarten, Kathryn Whitaker is flooded with memories of the difficult first few years of her son Luke’s life, yet comforted by the grace of God’s love. (Kathryn formerly served as the Preemie Babies 101 Lead Blogger!)

Cindy Crook learns to redefine “fine” after her daughter is diagnosed with a neurological condition in the NICU.

With humor and heart, preemie mom (and Preemie Babies 101 contributor) Andrea Mullenmeister recalls the trauma of the premature birth of her son.

When Claire Bartick is told that continuing with a high risk pregnancy would not only be dangerous for her, but surely end in loss, she makes a decision to continue loving and hoping no matter what the outcome.

In this beautiful essay, Buffie LaRocca describes the gut-wrenching first days of the NICU, and the joy of watching her son progress.

From 2015, author and Preemie Babies 101 contributor Kayla Aimee describes the loss of control she felt in the NICU, and how it prepared her to be grateful for the mess of motherhood and the little things in life.

In this video from 2013, Lizz Porter recounts the ups and downs of her son’s NICU journey. Max was born at 28 weeks after Lizz suffered a sudden and severe bout of preeclampsia.

From 2012, our Preemie Babies 101 Lead Blogger Leigh Ann Torres realizes that although she was pushed into motherhood unexpectedly, she was able to adjust and find her footing in the NICU.

For more information about Listen to Your Mother, visit their website and YouTube channel.

Leigh Ann Torres About Leigh Ann Torres

Online Community Coordinator, Preemie Babies 101 Lead Blogger - Leigh Ann Torres is a freelance writer, blogger and mother of three living in Austin, TX. After a short and sudden bout with severe preeclampsia, Leigh Ann’s identical twin girls were delivered at 31 weeks, spending 38 mostly uneventful days in the NICU. Two years later the Torres family welcomed another baby, this time at term, with only a mild case of preeclampsia. Leigh Ann currently runs Hand to Hold’s official blog and social media channels. When she’s not doing laundry or fulfilling requests for snacks, she usually has her nose stuck in a book. You can keep in touch with Leigh Ann on Twitter or via email.

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