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 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 Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), 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 that provides support for up to 13 Iowa NICUs, Our mission is to provide comfort and support to critically ill infants and their families in Newborn Intensive Care Units in Iowa.

Since it’s formation in 2005, 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, Safe Sleep 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 any hospitals in Iowa.  Email us for information.

Blank Children’s Hospital|Unity Point Health, Des Moines, IA

Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, IA

Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines, IA

Methodist West Hospital, Des Moines, IA

Mercy Hospital |MercyOne, Des Moines, IA.

Saint Lukes|Unity Point Health, Cedar Rapids IA.

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital

Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids

Trinity Bettendorf|UnityPoint Health, Bettendorf, IA

Trinity Muscatine|Unity Point Health, Muscatine, IA

Allen Hospital |Unity Point Health, Waterloo, IA

Waterloo Medical Center |MercyOne, Waterloo, IA

Mercy Hospital, Iowa City

The Preemie Project is an Iowa based 501c3 non-profit based in Coralville, IA. We do not have chapters in other states.

The Preemie Project Headquarters

Linda Aker Board President
The Preemie Project
2607 Flagstone Court
Coralville, IA 52241
e-mail: Email Linda