The Preemie Project was founded in the spring of 2005 by Coralville, Iowa native, Laura Pabich (Aker). Laura wanted to use her passion for knitting to help others. After making contact with the staff in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital (UICH), Laura summoned individuals on blogs, online message boards, and email lists to join her in knitting and crocheting for premature and critically ill patients. From those invitations, The Preemie Project was born.
The Preemie Project made its first donation of hats, booties, and blankets to the UICH NICU in August of 2005.
In 2006, The Preemie Project’s Board of Directors was formed. With their passion and guidance, The Preemie Project has grown into a statewide organization with the mission to provide comfort and support to critically ill infants and their families in Newborn Intensive Care Units in Iowa.
In the 10+ years since it’s formation, The Preemie Project has evolved to meet the ever changing needs of Iowa NICUs. These years brought the formation of new programs like our Infant Bereavement, Memory Box, Family Support and NICU Bedding programs.
We work closely with the hospitals we support to ensure that our programs fit their unique needs. Donations are made based on request and resources available. We accept donation requests from all Iowa NICUs and requests for infant bereavement support from all hospitals in Iowa. Email us for information.
The Preemie Project seeks to provide comfort and support to critically ill infants and their families in Newborn Intensive Care Units in Iowa. We achieve our mission through the support of a devoted group of local and national volunteers.
The Preemie Project is an Iowa based 501c3 non-profit. We have 2 sites in Iowa. Because of the legal issues involved in setting up chapters in other states, our board of directors has decided to not start chapters other than those we have established.
The Preemie Project Headquarters
Linda Aker Board President
The Preemie Project
2607 Flagstone Court
Coralville, IA 52241
e-mail: Email Linda
The Preemie Project Des Moines Chapter
Des Moines Chapter Director/TPP Founder
2600 NW Morningside Drive
Grimes, IA 50111
e-mail: Email Laura