THE EARLY BIRD PROJECT
At The Early Bird Project, we know all too well the struggles and triumphs of having a baby in the NICU. We know, firsthand, how painful it is to leave that small area of the hospital everyday, to be a mother while entrusting your small infant in the hands of others to care for because it is in their best interest. Our goal is to ease that pain and provide families with care packages filled with items to make their stay, no matter how long, more manageable.
WHO WE ARE
Here at The Early Bird Project, we know that sometimes all it takes to change the world is a little support. Our project began in 2019 when our founder, Jennie Gallagher, gave birth to her son, Alexander, at 28 weeks gestation. After spending three months in the local NICU with him while also having two small children at home, her desire to help other families in the same situation grew into The Early Bird Project.
The Early Bird Project builds care packages for families experiencing a stay in the NICU. Each package contains items that are meant to help parents navigate the difficulties that come from that experience. From notebooks to chapstick to swaddle blankets, each item is carefully selected and packaged with love from a fellow NICU parent.
WHAT WE DO
Making A Difference
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NICU
The babies that The Early Bird project serves spend the beginning of their life in a small area of the hospital called the neonatal intensive care unit. The amount of information flowing between doctors, nurses, therapists, and parents is imeasurable here. Learn more about the place that they call home.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The Early Bird Projects efforts cannot be carried out without help from our generous donations. From purchasing items on our amazon wishlist, to monetary donations, there are multiple ways to provide assistance to our efforts in helping NICU families across the country.
REQUEST A BOX
If you or someone you know is experiencing a stay in the NICU, you can request a care package here. These are sent at no cost to the families that they aide as we rely on donations. Package availability and content varies depending on which items are in stock.
"As you grow into the person you were meant to be remember, my love, that its okay to slip, fall, fail, cry, lose, come in dead last, sit this one out with your head in your hands. You can't disappoint me as you walk these slippery rocks of life for I adored you before you knew what medals were and applauded your heartbeat and first breathe as magnificent victories. If theres one truth I want you to know, tuck into your heart and seal with my kiss, it's that I don't love you because you're perfect, I love you because you're mine."