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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.


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There is an article on the internet going viral right now. “People are crocheting octopuses to help premature babies”.The Preemie Project does NOT need donations of these crocheted octopuses for several reasons

1.  Because of recommendations for “Safe-Sleep” practices, The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital NICU and other Iowa NICUs will not accept any stuffed animals or blankets to be given to families for use in the NICU and take home.
2. The other reason to not allow stuffed animals with the infants is because of infection control concerns for babies that are often very sick and susceptible to infections.

Thank you to everyone that sent this idea to us. We always encourage you to bring new ideas to us that you see. We are always on the look out for the next cute item for Iowa NICU babies.

Posted by Laura Pabich on Feb 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

2017 NICU Bedding Donation Drive

TPP is holding a drive for cute, colorful bedding for Iowa NICUs.  We hope you will take advantage of the great fabric sales and pick some up for the babies.  You can read all about how to make bedding for Iowa NICU beds on our events calendar.

Posted by Laura Pabich on Dec 25, 2016 at 5:05 pm


The Preemie Project does NOT need donations of the following items:

-Regular knit, crochet hats in all preemie and newborn sizes. We do still need white hats in all sizes for our infant bereavement program. We also have a huge need for hats and booties for our holiday donations. See our Calendar of Events.

-Blankets (knit, crochet, sewn, tied fleece). The only blankets needed are knit or crochet in solid white, solid pale pink and solid pale blue blankets for our infant bereavement program. Sizes needed for bereavement blankets are 15 in x 15 in up to 36 in x 36 in.

-Developmental Hearts.  The Preemie Project is overstocked with developmental hearts.  But, we have a list of Groups and Hospitals that request Developmental Hearts. Please send any hearts made to one of the addresses listed.

Posted by Laura Pabich on Dec 18, 2016 at 11:11 am

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