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 on hospital bed rest is able to remain pregnant is a miracle and decreases her baby’s NICU stay by an estimated three days. Lengthening pregnancies at risk for pre-term delivery results in healthier babies.
ABOUT HIGH RISK HOPE
High Risk Hope, located in Tampa, Florida, 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 is the only local or national organization providing these services to women on long-term hospital bed rest and premature infants in the NICU. HRH reaches over 1,200 patients annually at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital and Tampa General Hospital, where babies are born healthier and their families’ hospital stays are more manageable because of HRH’s services.
ABOUT RANDOM ACTS OF FLOWERS
Random Acts of Flowers Pinellas, located in Dunedin, Florida, is a non-profit charity improving mental health through the power of giving flowers. RAF collects donated flowers from weddings memorial services, and special events to recycle and repurpose them into bouquets for delivery to patients in area hospitals, nursing homes and hospice care centers. RAF volunteers have delivered over 3,000 bouquets since opening in November 2013.