Tampa, FL – High Risk Hope (HRH) will begin making weekly Bed Rest Basket and NICU Napsack deliveries to high risk obstetric and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients on January 8, 2014 at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) located at 1 Tampa General Cir, Tampa, Florida. HRH volunteers will deliver Bed Rest Baskets and NICU Napsacks to TGH patients. Both provide personal items that are critical to a long-term hospital stay and are not supplied by hospitals, or any other nonprofit organizations. HRH will reach an estimated 600 families at TGH in 2014.
Nearly 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States each year and 9,000 babies die as a result of their premature birth. With a 2012 premature birth rate of 13.7%, Florida is one of the worst states in the nation in terms of premature birth prevention. Each day a woman in pre-term labor is able to remain pregnant decreases her baby’s NICU stay by an esimated three days. Prolonging high risk pregnancies has a direct and life long impact on infants at risk for premature delivery. Our local nonprofit community has not made this epidemic a priority, as currently there is no widespread support (beyond what doctors and hospitals can offer) available to pregnant women at risk for premature delivery or the premature infants they deliver. Fortunately, the spotlight on our community’s tiniest newborns is growing brighter as HRH helps to prolong pregnancies and improve the outcomes for premature infants.
ABOUT HIGH RISK HOPE
High Risk Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed on February 16, 2011 to provide support, encouragement, information and resources to women and families who are experiencing a high risk pregnancy resulting in hospital bed rest, potential premature birth and neonatal intensive care after delivery. HRH reaches over 1,200 patients annually at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital and Tampa General Hospital.