PREEMIE UPDATE: Jayden Jack Brens

In our June edition of our Preemie Family newsletter we learned about the incredible Jayden, a preemie born at 32 weeks, 6 days who was 3 lbs. 6 oz. at birth and spent 25 days in the NICU.

Read more in an update by his father, Joel. . . 

by Joel Brens, Jayden’s Father:

<em>Kasey and Andie in the NICU</em>
                                                            In the NICU
After spending 25 days in the NICU, we brought our son Jayden home. Being home without the comfort of monitors made the first few days tough, but it got easier as time passed.

A little over a year ago I created Papas Of Preemies as I sought out to share our stories, only to see an absence of dads in most support groups. If there was one bit of advice I’d give to new NICU parents it would be to learn how to advocate for your child. The website is at

We had Jayden evaluated for speech and developmental delays right when he turned two. While we were surprised to hear he was further behind than we thought, we were glad that he got much-needed therapy through Early Intervention. Jayden just turned three and is beginning pre-school this summer.

<em>Kasey and Andie in the NICU</em>
                                                      Jayden and Daddy!

Photo Credits: Brens Family

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