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Tiny Miracles reunites premature babies and their families, friends

Gary Esposito of Weston reaches to his son, Dante, at the NICU after Dante was born 24 weeks premature at Norwalk Hospital. Dante now plays baseball in Weston.

The Tiny Miracles Foundation is hosting a celebration and reunion of families and friends of premature babies in Fairfield County at the Stepping Stones Museum Sunday, Oct. 21, from 4 to 6.

The pre-Halloween party will feature music from Dre Towey with Sugar on Top, private access to the museum, food vendors, costume contests, crafts, face painting, and more.

Tickets for a family of four are $30, plus $5 for each additional family member. Tickets are on sale at ttmf.org.

According to the Tiny Miracles Foundation, research indicates that the experience of a premature birth, even in cases in which the baby survives and there are few lifelong health consequences, takes an enormous and potentially long-term emotional toll on parents and families, including post-traumatic stress disorder, extreme stress and anxiety, depression, uncertainty, guilt, fear, isolation, grief, financial hardship, job and work loss, and strain on marriages and family relationships.

Joining with other parents of premature babies and sharing stories can alleviate and help heal many parents who may be struggling with some of these emotions.

Services provided by the Tiny Miracles Foundation are designed to support parents and families of premature children as they navigate through a premature birth.

Programs include one-on-one parent mentoring; a parent support network; in-hospital resource rooms stocked with a library of educational books and informational and inspirational resources; emergency financial assistance and essential infant care equipment for needy families; Tiny Treasures essential supplies and resources to ease families’ transitions into and out of the NICU; a website (ttmf.org) featuring information, inspiration and resources in English and Spanish; bereavement support; professional referral services; bilingual support; NICU equipment enhancement; and staff education.

All services are offered free to the preemie population.

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