Juniper French was born four months early, at 23 weeks gestation. She weighed 1 pound, 4 ounces, and her twiggy body was the length of a Barbie doll. Her head was smaller than a tennis ball, her skin was nearly translucent, and through her chest, you could see her flickering heart. Babies like Juniper, born at the edge of viability, trigger the question: Which is the greater act of love – to save her, or to let her go?
Kelley and Thomas French chose to fight for Juniper’s life, and this is their incredible tale. In one exquisite memoir, the authors explore the border between what is possible and what is right. They marvel at the science that conceived and sustained their daughter and the love that made the difference. They probe the bond between a mother and a baby, between a husband and a wife. They trace the journey of their family from its fragile beginning to the miraculous survival of their now thriving daughter.
Spread awareness of extreme prematurity, share hope to parents of micro-preemies, help clinicians understand the parent perspective. Special interests: difficult conversations in the NICU, the healing power of human connection.
Services we provide
Juniper helps fragile families find the emotional support they need to thrive.
Resources regarding navigating the NICU, your journey home after the NICU, as well as bereavement can be found on the Juniper blog.
Juniper is an active member of the prematurity community. Information about how to attend upcoming events and fundraisers can be easily found by visiting their website.
Frequently Asked Questions
In this section, you will find questions that are frequently asked about Connected Forever. If you have a question about Juniper, their mission, or want to know more, please feel free to contact Preemie Parent Alliance and we will make sure your question is answered promptly.
What kind of families do you work with?
Juniper works with the most fragile of families – those who have experienced a premature birth.
What year were you established?
Juniper was started in 2013 so that no family has to endure their NICU journey alone.
What is your organization classification?
We are a for-profit organization
What is the geographical reach of your organization?
Juniper supports families Internationally.
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