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About Keira Sorrells


Preemie Parent Alliance

Keira Sorrells is the mother of triplets born at 25 weeks, 5 days gestation. After starting her non-profit to offer support services to NICU families, the Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation in 2008, she began working closely with providers in her local community of Jackson, Mississippi, to improve family support and engagement in the six NICUs throughout the city. As her work progressed locally, Ms. Sorrells became keenly aware of a missing component in the Maternal and Infant Health community at large; that being a centralized and collective voice for parents of premature babies.

In 2010, she helped launch the Preemie Parent Alliance (PPA), where she now serves as President. PPA is a national network of preemie parent support organizations that collaborate to share best practices and work together, with providers to improve support for NICU families. Respected within the perinatal community, PPA members are frequently asked to serve on planning committees, present at conferences large and small and to review new initiatives that directly impact preemie parents.

Ms. Sorrells is honored to sit on the steering committee for the National Coalition for Infant Health and the Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative, representing the voice and position of all NICU parents. Keira’s passion lies in working one-on-one to enhance the relationship between parents and providers. She believes this is the cornerstone to building a foundation of empowerment and support on which NICU parents can survive their experiences and their families can thrive well beyond discharge, no matter what the ultimate outcome may be.

Jackson MS Journal Club 2010

Prematurity Summit Austin, TX October 2011

Prematurity Summit Chicago, IL October 2011

National Premature Infant Health Coalition Summit June 2012

University of Mississippi School of Nursing 2013

2 Day Parent-NICU Nurse Communication Training for River Oaks, Woman’s & CMMC Hospitals July 2013

National Association of Neonatal Nurses October 2013 & October 2015

Baptist Health System Maternal Newborn Conference November 2013 & November 2014

NEO Conference February 2014 & February 2014

Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies April 2015

Preemie Matters Policy Summit June 2015

Preemie Parent Summit 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

University of Mississippi Medical School Pediatric Residency guest lecturer November 2015

AWHONN June 2016

Developmental Care: How it Helped

High-Risk Pregnancy/Multiple Gestation Pregnancy

More Than One Baby in the NICU (Multiple Gestation)

NICU Experience

Positive Interaction With a Doctor

Positive Interaction With a Nurse

Postpartum Mental Health Concerns: PPD, PTSD, or Other

Re-Hospitalization After NICU Discharge: First Year Post Discharge

Hall, S., Mosher, S., Famuyide, M., Moore, T., Saxton, S., & Sorrells, K. L. (2019). Improving Staff Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Provision of Psychosocial Support to NICU Parents Through an Online Education Course. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 48(3). doi:10.1016/j.jogn.2019.04.248 

Recommendations for Program Standards for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents

Workgroup Participant for NPA’s Psychosocial Standards

Broken, but not Shattered

If I Had Only…

Is Supporting Others Hindering Your Healing?

A Letter Of Gratitude To My Baby In Heaven

A Healthy Way to Grieve the Loss of a Baby

Breastfeeding Multiples, Sort Of

I Choose Hope

Workgroup participant for NPA’s psychosocial standards 

Phase II Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification (NTMC)

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