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posted: 2/25/2013 1:32 PM

Parents of preemies invited to NCH on March 10

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Submitted by Northwest Community Healthcare

Recognizing the courage and commitment of parents of premature babies, Northwest Community Hospital is hosting a Parents of Preemies Day on Sunday, March 10.

The free community event is scheduled from 9-11:30 a.m. at the NCH Auditorium, 800 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights. Parents of preemies, families, friends and medical professionals are encouraged to attend the event, which will feature exhibitors from preemie and neonatal intensive care unit support organizations.

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Neonatologist Dr. Joel Fisher, director of the NICU at NCH, will speak at 10:30 a.m. and conduct a question-and-answer session after his presentation.

Registrations are now being accepted at http://ppdchicago.eventbrite.com/.

The NICU Parent Advisory Council at NCH is creating a lending closet of preemie-sized clothing and will be accepting clothing donations at the event. Brunch-style appetizers will be served and several child-friendly activities are scheduled. Mascots from the Chicago Wolves and Schaumburg Boomers will appear and kids will be entertained with face painting, crafts and snacks. A free raffle drawing also is scheduled.

As part of the second annual Parents of Preemies Day, Graham's Foundation is hosting free local community outreach, support and awareness events for parents of preemies and their children and the general public. The event sponsored by NCH is hosted by local NICU support organization Eli's Hope. Each year, 13 million babies are born prematurely throughout the world. Medical breakthroughs continue to improve outcomes for preemies, but experts are only now beginning to understand the intense psychological effects that premature birth has on parents.

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