Announcing our New Quad Cities Chapter!
We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new TPP chapter! Trisha Poole, has accepted the position of Quad Cities Director. We are so excited to have her on our team. The QC Chapter will be supporting Genesis Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Davenport, IA.
Trisha’s TPP Story
We are excited for you to get to know Trisha Poole, QC Chapter Director. Here is her story…
In March 2010 we had a 1 lb 15 oz miracle baby enter the world 12 weeks early due to Pre-eclampsia and HELLPS. It had been a very rough pregnancy and it was a very difficult time for our family. The doctors had originally put me in the hospital in Davenport but then transferred me to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The doctors at the UIHC hoped that strict bed rest and remaining in the hospital for 10 weeks would keep me stable enough to deliver at 37 weeks, but my body had different plans Four days later we faced a life and death decision for me and my unborn child. The only way they could TRY to save one or both of our lives was to deliver immediately.
Prematurity and delivery had not really been discussed up to that point because there hadn’t been any signs of needing to deliver. We didn’t know what to expect and I remained out of it for the next day or so. This left my husband facing the scary NICU admittance all by himself. I don’t remember anything from the first day, which is when my husband says we named our daughter, so I say HE named her. Once I was able to go see our daughter I didn’t know if she could even survive since she was so small. We had never heard of a baby being born so little.
As the first week went along and I began to feel more comfortable talking to the doctors and I started to learn how to bond with our baby. When babies are that little and sick you are only able to place your hands on them. We were not able to hold her for the first time until after she was two weeks old (when they did brain ultrasounds to check for brain bleeds). Unfortunately, in the NICU, holding your baby is not something you get to do every day. So, we made sure we kept the little blankets we first held her with because that was a HUGE milestone for us.
While I learned how to assist with little cares like taking her temp and changing her diaper, I never felt like I was her “caregiver”. I knew everything she needed to survive had to come from the nurses and machines. At the same time that I started feeling down about not feeling like her mom I also started feeling like we had been there forever and like we would never leave. I needed a pick-me-up and some extra help. It was then that one of our UICH NICU nurses showed me the linen closet. I needed something to do and she told me to go pick her bedding. From that point on, because she was too little for clothed I always picked out her “bed outfit”. I had bedding sets lined up in her drawer by order because when I went to the closet I could never pick just one. As little as this task might seem, it made me smile. Being able to change something, make a decision for my baby, and see how cute she would be laid in the bedding I picked out helped me.
We still have those blankets we held her with and will forever cherish the little things that made our NICU journey a little more bearable. For that we are thankful for The Preemie Project and all their volunteers. Until you really know what it’s like behind those doors you will never know how these items help those families cope with their difficult days.
Temperance is now 3 years old, but her NICU journey still motivates her mother. After her time in the UICH NICU, Trisha learned that the NICU in her home town did not have access to the support programs TPP provides. She wanted to bring our mission to Davenport, IA in order to help other NICU moms and babies. As a former TPP NICU Mom, we are thrilled to have Trisha join our team. She is launching the very first Iowa Chapter outside of Iowa City and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Please read below for more details on how you might be able to get involved.
The NICU at Genesis can hold a maximum 16 babies and they usually have about 8-10. The list of items needed includes
Hats and Booties (Sized 3-5lb and larger)
Holiday and Special Donation Items
Sheets (Flannel or Cotton sized 30” by 30”)
The QC Chapter is now accepting donations of supplies to get the chapter up and running. Needed items include fabric (soft fleece and flannel), thread, scissors, cutting mats, rotary cutters, other misc sewing supplies, sewing machines, sergers, etc. You can drop them off at the work group, at a donation center, or mail them directly to the chapter.
The first QC Work Group is planned for Saturday, June 29th! Please click here for details.
QC Donation Center
The Yarn Shoppe
Old Town Mall
903 E. Kimberly Rd.
Davenport, IA. 52807
Please contact QC Chapter Director, for more information. She would love to have you join her team of volunteers! You can also mail donations to the chapter here:
The Preemie Project QC
2203 W. Geo. Wash. Blvd
Davenport, IA 52804