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Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a season of loving and serving others.  It’s a time when I am always inspired to think outside of my own troubles and lend a hand of comfort and friendship to those around me.

This Christmas you may be in the NICU with your little miracle, learning to monitor your baby’s oxygen, learning to give your preemie a bath, preparing to bring your preemie home, quarantining your preemie during the RSV season, or spending your first Christmas together as a family.  Whatever stage you are in, my hope is that you are receiving love and support from family and friends and that you are the recipient of generosity and caring.  I pray that you can feel the love that the Savior has for you and that your hearts are full of thanks for the blessings he has brought into your life.

Christmas is a season of miracles, and our tiny little preemies are miracles.  I would hope that their spirit and their determination to survive would inspire all of us and bless our lives with a richness we have never known.  These little preemies teach us humility and sacrifice – qualities that the Savior, himself, exemplified.  I believe we are being molded into better men and women for our experiences.

May we all remember from whom our blessings come and remember the true meaning of Christmas.  This is likely a Christmas you will never forget, so I pray it can be one of hope and peace.

Merry Christmas!

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.


  1. Beautiful, thanks :). I still remember when our preemie was in the NICU for Christmas and New Years, but I especially remember the extra feelings of peace and thankfulness I felt for the miracle of life.

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