Pebbles of Hope

Pebbles of Hope Pebbles of Hope is a United States-based nonprofit organization committed to helping premature babies around the world survive and thrive.
Pebbles of Hope is a United States-based 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to helping premature babies around the world survive and thrive. By leveraging the power of media, technology and community to provide education and training to parents, birth attendants, and community health workers, we are working to give premature babies born in low-resource areas an increased chance at survival and the opportunity to have a healthy life. Through media outreach, community resources and mobile technology, Pebbles of Hope is raising awareness about simple interventions that can save babies' lives. We develop and fund programs to empower parents and caregivers in underserved areas to become more informed and active participants in the care of their preemies and to provide them the knowledge and guidance to help these babies thrive into adulthood.

Happy National Parents' Day to all the moms, dads, and caregivers out there! It's not easy being a parent, and it's cert...
07/28/2019

Happy National Parents' Day to all the moms, dads, and caregivers out there! It's not easy being a parent, and it's certainly not easy being a parent to a child in the NICU or with special needs. On this day we celebrate your strength, your resilience, and most important of all - the love you have for your child.

This week's Innovator Profile covers John Rogers and his contribution to bio-electronic neonatal care.  His latest achie...
07/25/2019

This week's Innovator Profile covers John Rogers and his contribution to bio-electronic neonatal care. His latest achievement was creating state of the art sensors for premature babies in NICU. These sensors are not only as accurate as their wired counterparts, they are also more comfortable to baby's skin and allow more room for parents to hold and touch their newborn. John has also ensured these sensors pick up much more data than typical wired sensors, making them the most advanced data gathering monitors available. Thank you so much, John, for thinking about our most vulnerable babies and doing the best you can to make their start to life the best it can be!

Hope is always there if you look for it.
07/22/2019

Hope is always there if you look for it.

A wonderful development for new moms and much-needed support for those suffering from postpartum depression. But, at suc...
03/20/2019
FDA approves first postpartum depression drug

A wonderful development for new moms and much-needed support for those suffering from postpartum depression. But, at such high prices, this drug will likely not be available to all.

The US Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday it has approved the first medication specifically targeted to treat postpartum depression in women. The treatment is administered as a single 60-hour IV drip, and could offer new hope to moms.

Happy International Women's Day!
03/08/2019

Happy International Women's Day!

It's amazing how quickly technology advances. A new, cutting-edge isolette called Babyleo helps preemies survive and thr...
02/19/2019
Babyleo helps premature babies adjust to new environment

It's amazing how quickly technology advances. A new, cutting-edge isolette called Babyleo helps preemies survive and thrive.

Babies born too early are often hospitalized for weeks or months in specialized neonatal intensive care units or NICUs. Now, a cutting-edge system is helping the tiniest patients thrive in an environment- much like the one they just left. Little Remi Jolliff came into the world at 24 weeks, and five...

Wishing a very Merry Christmas to all those celebrating today!
12/25/2018

Wishing a very Merry Christmas to all those celebrating today!

11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Wishing you and your families a healthy and happy holiday!

Today and everyday we celebrate the babies around the world born too soon. #preemies #WorldPrematurityDay
11/17/2018

Today and everyday we celebrate the babies around the world born too soon. #preemies #WorldPrematurityDay

November is Prematurity Awareness Month.  This month, we celebrate all preemies, their families and the amazing medical ...
11/01/2018

November is Prematurity Awareness Month. This month, we celebrate all preemies, their families and the amazing medical professionals that care for them.

It's amazing what can be done in times of crisis.  We're glad to hear this mom and baby are doing well in spite of the h...
10/20/2018
NICU team rescues premature baby hours after Hurricane Michael

It's amazing what can be done in times of crisis. We're glad to hear this mom and baby are doing well in spite of the hurricane.

A group of medical professionals and a mechanic took risks to save a mother and a newborn child, just hours after the Hurricane blasted South Georgia.

As the cost of life-saving technology for preemies decreases, babies all over the world will hopefully have improved out...
10/18/2018
$25 Ventilator Saves Premature Babies [video]

As the cost of life-saving technology for preemies decreases, babies all over the world will hopefully have improved outcomes. A new $25 ventilator is one such technology that could save millions of lives.

Each year approximately 15 million babies worldwide are born preterm, according to the World Health Organization. Defined as birth before completing 37 weeks of gestation, preterm birth and the ass…

Researchers at Stanford are working on developing a blood test that could help predict preterm birth.
10/16/2018
Researches Developed a New Blood Test to Detect Premature Birth

Researchers at Stanford are working on developing a blood test that could help predict preterm birth.

A team of researchers from Stanford University have developed a new blood test that can detect premature births during pregnancy. Ultrasonography is a commonly used tool to determine premature births. 10 percent of babies in the U.S. are prematurely born. However, this technology is quite expensive....

The quality of care for preemies continues to improve.  Thanks to excellent hospitals like Inova Children's Hospital, wh...
10/13/2018
Technological advancements and growing expertise about prematurity are increasing preterm babies’ chances of survival

The quality of care for preemies continues to improve. Thanks to excellent hospitals like Inova Children's Hospital, where our Nathan was treated, premature babies across the US have increased chances of survival. However, many disparities still exist that we must not lose sight of.

During the last 10 years, the smallest baby saved has improved from 550 to 350 grams, and the youngest baby saved has improved from 26 to 22 weeks. When Sarah and her husband found out that they were expecting their first child, they were absolutely elated and began reading all kinds of parenti

Neonatal care has come a long way and could provide lasting benefits for babies.
10/11/2018
The New, Improved World of Infant Care

Neonatal care has come a long way and could provide lasting benefits for babies.

A host of high-tech advances are giving newborns a better shot at avoiding a range of ailments. The long-term impact could be profound.

A new app released by EASE Applications allows medical professionals in the NICU to send parents and other loved ones te...
08/23/2018
NICU + EASE

A new app released by EASE Applications allows medical professionals in the NICU to send parents and other loved ones text messages, pictures and short video clips to keep them informed of their baby's progress.

NICU + EASE Jun 02, 2018EASE Applications EASE Applications Blog No Comments Premature babies, babies who had difficult deliveries, and babies with medical conditions or birth defects require special newborn care and intensive medical attention. They are often admitted into a hospital’sNeonatal In...

#preemiepower #preemiestrong
08/21/2018

#preemiepower #preemiestrong

Premature birth if often sudden and unexpected.  But, sometimes it comes after weeks of agonizing anticipation.  Here is...
08/16/2018

Premature birth if often sudden and unexpected. But, sometimes it comes after weeks of agonizing anticipation. Here is one mother's story. https://buff.ly/2M23phZ

#preemiepower #preemiestrong
08/14/2018

#preemiepower #preemiestrong

Health education startup, Nicolette, works to empower parents of preemies through its NicoBoard, a bedside tool that emp...
08/09/2018
Home - Nicolette

Health education startup, Nicolette, works to empower parents of preemies through its NicoBoard, a bedside tool that empowers NICU parents to partner with their medical professionals through visualized medical data, curated research & education, and engagement tools.

We build technology that empowers patients through visualization of electronic health record (EHR) data, curated research, and engagement tools.

Many preemies suffer from chronic lung disease due to their early birth.  It's wonderful to see that a new therapy using...
08/07/2018
World-First Aussie Medical Trial Gives New Hope to Tiniest Premature Babies

Many preemies suffer from chronic lung disease due to their early birth. It's wonderful to see that a new therapy using cells from the placenta offers hope for repairing the lungs and giving these babies better odds of survival and better quality of life.

A world-first Australian premature babies medical breakthrough is saving tiny lives by using cells from the human placenta to repair lung damage.

With 50% of preterm births being the result of unknown causes, it's wonderful to know more research is being done to und...
07/25/2018
Scientists Search For Causes Of Preterm Birth And Better Ways To Test For Risk

With 50% of preterm births being the result of unknown causes, it's wonderful to know more research is being done to understand the causes of prematurity.

Preterm birth, a leading cause of death in infants, remains stubbornly hard to prevent. Researchers are on the hunt for a better understanding of what causes it and better ways to diagnose risk.

As hospitals close in many rural areas across the country, lack of access to obstetric care puts women and babies' lives...
07/19/2018
It’s 4 A.M. The Baby’s Coming. But the Hospital Is 100 Miles Away.

As hospitals close in many rural areas across the country, lack of access to obstetric care puts women and babies' lives at risk.

After years of cost-cutting and closures, fewer than half of the nation’s rural counties now have a hospital that offers any obstetric care, researchers say.

A new app created by researchers in the UK may be able to help doctors better predict when a women is going to give birt...
07/11/2018
New app could predict who will go in to labour early

A new app created by researchers in the UK may be able to help doctors better predict when a women is going to give birth prematurely. It would be amazing if this technology could improve treatment and perhaps help prevent some preterm births.

Researchers from King's College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ have developed an app that could help predict if a woman is going to give birth prematurely.

#preemiepower #preemiestrong
07/10/2018

#preemiepower #preemiestrong

Could taking more naps during pregnancy reduce the risk of having a low birth weight baby?  Recent research suggests tha...
06/07/2018
Naps during pregnancy may be linked with healthier birth weight

Could taking more naps during pregnancy reduce the risk of having a low birth weight baby? Recent research suggests that it might. A great reason to encourage pregnant women to sleep more.

(Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who nap regularly may reduce their baby's risk of low birth weight, a study from China suggests.

#preemiepower #preemiestrong
06/05/2018

#preemiepower #preemiestrong

Many NICUs around the country have been finding ways to use technology to allow parents to remain connected to their bab...
06/04/2018

Many NICUs around the country have been finding ways to use technology to allow parents to remain connected to their babies in the hospital, even from a distance. http://bit.ly/PebblesPreemieWebcams

#preemiepower #preemiestrong
05/22/2018

#preemiepower #preemiestrong

As we near the end of a week that started with celebrating mothers, let's not forget that the act of giving birth is sti...
05/17/2018
For Every Woman Who Dies In Childbirth In The U.S., 70 More Come Close

As we near the end of a week that started with celebrating mothers, let's not forget that the act of giving birth is still dangerous for too many women. As a country, we must do better to protect the health of mothers and babies.

More than 50,000 American women nearly die from childbirth every year, according to a CDC estimate. These catastrophic complications can come at a terrible cost emotionally, financially and medically.

Today is International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day 2018!  Kangaroo Care is such an important practice for helping our ba...
05/15/2018

Today is International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day 2018! Kangaroo Care is such an important practice for helping our babies survive and thrive, and for allowing parents and caregivers to bond with their babies born too soon.

Happy Mother's Day from Pebbles of Hope!  Today we celebrate all mothers, and we especially honor mothers with preemies,...
05/13/2018

Happy Mother's Day from Pebbles of Hope! Today we celebrate all mothers, and we especially honor mothers with preemies, babies in the NICU, angel babies, children with special needs, and all those that love and support them. Enjoy your special day.

How are you spending your mother's day?

This #NursesWeek, we honor the incredible nurse that cared for our dear Nathan, the inspiration behind Pebbles of Hope. ...
05/10/2018

This #NursesWeek, we honor the incredible nurse that cared for our dear Nathan, the inspiration behind Pebbles of Hope. Kim Buckles diligently cared for Nathan, meticulously attending to his every need during his 140 days in the NICU. She is the reason Nathan is alive today, and we can not thank her enough for giving us the most amazing gift imaginable. Thank you for all that you do!

05/09/2018
Today Show

An amazing story giving an inside look into the life of a NICU nurse. We thank you for all that you do! #NursesWeek

In honor of National Nurses Day tomorrow, we're sharing a video of one amazing NICU nurse. Thank you to all the nurses for all that you do. (Via Today Health & Wellness)

It's Nurses Week!  Thank you to the nurses who work every day, every hour to help promote healthy women and babies.  If ...
05/08/2018

It's Nurses Week! Thank you to the nurses who work every day, every hour to help promote healthy women and babies. If you had a nurse that made a difference to you and your family in the NICU, please share your photos. We'd love to honor all of the amazing nurses that dedicate themselves to caring for our babies.

It's Infant Immunization Week.  In this piece, Hand to Hold answers your questions about immunizations for your preemie.
05/01/2018
Preemies and Vaccines - Preemie Babies 101

It's Infant Immunization Week. In this piece, Hand to Hold answers your questions about immunizations for your preemie.

When it comes to preemies and vaccines, many parents have a lot of questions. Thanks to The Immunization Partnership, we have some answers!

Disparities in access to and quality of healthcare has life and death consequences for some.  Black mothers experience d...
04/21/2018
Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis

Disparities in access to and quality of healthcare has life and death consequences for some. Black mothers experience disproportionately higher rates of maternal mortality, and their babies suffer higher rates of preterm birth and infant mortality. This is why we do what we do at Pebbles of Hope.

The answer to the disparity in death rates has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America.

A look at some of the modern advances in NICU technology that save babies' lives every day.  #NICU #preemies #babies
04/12/2018
5 Advances in NICU Equipment and Medical Technology for Neonatal Nurses

A look at some of the modern advances in NICU technology that save babies' lives every day. #NICU #preemies #babies

Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) deliver services and treatment to millions of women in the United States each year. [1] Unfortunately, many expectant mothers miss out on the vital services provided by NNPs. To mitigate potentially harmful complications, neonatal nurse practitioners conduct treat...

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15 million babies are born premature—that’s 1 in 10 births—every year, worldwide. Sadly, 1 million infants continue to die each year of complications from premature birth. Most of these deaths are preventable. Using innovations in media, technology and communications to provide educational resources for parents and community health workers, Pebbles of Hope is helping make sure all premature babies- regardless of where they are born- have a fighting chance.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00

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(571) 306-2842

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