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

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It's World Prematurity Day, a time to raise awareness about prematurity and celebrate the strength and resilience of preemies all over the world. Hold your preemies close, or reach out to a friend, relative, or co-worker who was born a preemie or is a parent of a preemie and show your love to them today. #worldprematurityday #prematurityawarenessday #aheadoftheirtime #borntoosoon 10/21/2019

These premature babies at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach arrived just in time to celebrate Halloween

It's that time of year again and families are gearing up for Halloween. We love these costumes that were put together for preemies at Miller Children's & Women's Hospital in Long Beach. The costumes that fit them best are from doll clothing labels.


In many cases, premature babies can be saved and have improved quality of life, with simple, cost-effective interventions provided at the time of birth. Through education and support, Pebbles of Hope empowers parents and caregivers in under-served areas with resources to help them care for their preemies. Ready to help? Check out our site to learn more.


Parent involvement can make ALL the difference when it comes to post-natal care. Former NICU nurse, Cheryl Major, has seen it for herself! Learn more about Cheryl's fascinating experience and what she's learned along the way about NICU operations by checking out our blog! 09/10/2019

Studying premature babies to understand environmental impacts on children’s health | UNC-Chapel Hill

Children born prematurely are exposed to a number of different risk factors that affect them throughout life. Check out this article to learn about how an ongoing study seeks to optimize the health of preemie children. UNC School of Medicine researchers are 15 years into a long-term study to learn how to optimize the health of children born at less than 28 weeks gestation, including identifying factors that help them succeed in school and develop social and communication skills.


More than 1 in 10 babies are born too early every year. This number can be SIGNIFICANTLY reduced with access to proper care. Now, who's ready to join us in helping reduce this tragedy around the globe?


This week's Innovator Profile explores Sindura Ganapathi and his contribution to saving premature lives. One thing that makes premature birth challenging is its unexpected nature. Mothers often don't have any idea that their child will be early until their symptoms become severe. Sindura, who is co-leader of the Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Discovery & Tools portfolio at the Gates Foundation, has helped distribute a new blood test that easily detects whether a baby is likely to be premature. With this information, mothers are able to prepare and find a hospital that has the best neonatal care in their area. They won't have to rush to the closest hospital suddenly and this can make all the difference in their baby's outcome. Thank you, Sindura, for your great work that is truly helping mothers and newborns live better lives!


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Investing in NICU staffing drives invaluable positive outcomes for patients and families. Read more about what Dr. Sunny Hallowell has to say about the importance of training and other opportunities for nursing staff by checking out our blog! 08/21/2019

Fetal genome involved in triggering premature birth

New research uncovers a potential factor contributing to premature births. Mutations in the gene that codes for SLIT2, a protein expressed in fetal cells in placentas and involved in directing the growth of the fetal nervous system, may contribute to premature births, possibly by activating the mother's immune system. Mika Rämet of the University of Oulu and colleagues re...


Simple, cost-effective interventions could cut down the preemie death rate by 75%. That's why Pebbles of Hope works to provide access to such interventions. With your support, we can help families around the globe avoid the tragedy of losing a child.


Advances in neonatal care over the years have helped increase survival rates of premature babies everywhere. Unfortunately, many premature babies are at a higher risk of developing neuropsychological disorders later in life. Thankfully, Petra Hüppi and her team have found a new solution to this problem and it involves something you might not expect: Music! According to her research, playing the right kind of calming music at certain points in the day has the benefit of increasing connections in the brain that prevent neuropsychiatric problems from developing. This is an amazing insight that is bound to change countless lives. We are so excited to see Petra's research make its way into hospitals around the globe!


The toughest times are what make us the strongest. 08/04/2019

New test could reduce premature births by up to 30 per cent

A new test has been developed that helps detect women who are at risk of giving birth prematurely. This revolutionary tool could possibly help prevent or minimize the number of premature births around the globe! We'll be excited to see how this develops. Researchers at The University of Western Australia and King Edward Memorial Hospital have teamed up with Australian molecular diagnostics company SpeeDx to commercialise a new low-cost test to identify women at risk of premature birth. Based on research and results of clinical trials they predict t...


Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death. Because access to prenatal and newborn care is limited for so many around the globe, too many babies' lives are tragically lost far too soon.


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 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. 04/22/2019

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Integrates Infant Mental Healthcare into the NICU

What an important development for babies in the NICU! Many parents of children in intensive care units experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress, which can threaten bonding with a newborn baby. 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! 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... 02/17/2019

LA researchers are using a musical pacifier to help preemies

A music pacifier for preemies. What a great idea! Researchers at UCLA are using music therapy to help premature babies connect with their parents and learn how to feed so they can go home sooner.


Wishing a very Merry Christmas to all those celebrating today!

[11/22/18]   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


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


Great job, London, for offering extended maternity leave to new mothers of preemies! 09/04/2018

California Nurse Discovers Premature Baby She Cared for 28 Years Ago Is Now Her Colleague

NICU nurses are absolute heroes, so it's always wonderful to see them being appreciated. This is a wonderful story about a nurse reconnecting with a preemie she cared for in the NICU. "Meeting Vilma showed me the dedication and love she has for her career," Brandon Seminator told ITV 08/23/2018


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...



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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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