Richmond Parents of Preemies (RPP) is an All Volunteer-run local resource that provides support, advocacy, and community to parents and caregivers of babies born prematurely.

The mission of Richmond Parents of Preemies is to empower parents and caregivers with evidence-based information and informed choice in pregnancy, birth, the NICU and beyond; and to lessen the mental health impact of parenting in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and after discharge through Richmond Parents of Preemies Connect (RPPC), a NICU family support circle and online community. RPP raises awareness and is committed to supporting efforts to end social and racial inequalities that are fundamental causes of persistent birth outcome disparities. Richmond Parents of Preemies strives to be an inclusive community resource for all of Richmond’s families in all their different forms.

Our hope is that parents and caregivers of babies born prematurely be informed, connected to the right resources, and well supported in order to be the best parents they can be. Mental health is an important and often overlooked variable in feeling competent and successful as a parent. Parenting a baby in the NICU is a traumatic experience: up to seventy percent of women whose babies spend time in the NICU experience some degree of postpartum depression or anxiety, while up to one-quarter may experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Postpartum depression and post-traumatic stress disorder can also impact developmental outcomes in early childhood.

Richmond Parents of Preemies Connect can help!

We host a monthly peer-led, clinician supported NICU Parenting Community Circle on the last Tuesday of every month at MyBirth’s Community Studio located in Scott’s Addition RVA, as well as moderate an online closed Facebook support group. Our families have experience unique to preterm birth and parenting in the NICU, however, these communities are open to all parents and caregivers of NICU babies, no matter the journey.

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Richmond Parents of Preemies Connect

A peer-to-peer NICU Parenting Community Circle (NOW CLINICIAN SUPPORTED!)

What: A BRAVE space for NICU parents to find community on their parenting journey
When: The last Tuesday of every month, 600pm-730pm
Where: MyBirth's Community Studio (1726 Altamount Ave. Suite 2. Richmond Va. 23230)

*Babes in arms always welcome. Please find alternative care for older children.