NICU Alumni Podcast

Author, Speaker, Maternal & Neonatal Health Advocate - Jennifer Degl

October 10, 2023 NICU Alumni Episode 25
NICU Alumni Podcast
Author, Speaker, Maternal & Neonatal Health Advocate - Jennifer Degl
Show Notes

Jennifer Degl is the mother of four, including a micro preemie born at 23 weeks gestation. As the founder of Speaking for Moms and Babies, Inc., her mission is to educate the public on maternal and neonatal health issues. She's also the author of three books and has published articles in both the Journal of Pediatrics and the Journal of Perinatology.

Quick Takeaways from the Episode:

  • Jennifer described coming home from the NICU with one word: Scary. This shouldn't be the case! At NICU Alumni, the heart of our mission is to support families like Jennifer's, so they feel more secure and less anxious when they leave the NICU.
  • As a primary caregiver, you often don't focus on yourself. Most of the time, you might not even recognize how you're feeling.
  • Take advantage of peer support. It's incredibly helpful to talk to someone who understands the experience you've been through. 
  • Here are some organizations we love that offer this support: 

Jennifer's NICU Alumni Grad Guide - her advice for after the NICU: 

  • Remember you're not alone. Trust your gut! Don’t be afraid to advocate for your kiddo.
  • Get connected - whether locally or virtually, and in whatever way that works for you! Some more recommendations from Jennifer include: 

As you heal mentally and physically through your journey you are a better help and support for your baby!

Connect with Jennifer through her website  or Instagram.

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The purpose of this podcast is for entertainment only and should not be viewed as medical advice.