Hailey's Hope Foundation

Supporting Families in the NICU

Jen Degl headshotAbout Jennifer Degl

Jennifer Degl (NY) is an author, teacher and the mother of four, including a 23-week micropreemie named Joy.  Joy is Jennifer’s fourth child who was born 17 weeks premature, weighing only 1 pound 4 ounces, due to placenta previa.  In her new book, From Hope To Joy:  A Memoir of A Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle To Beat The Odds, Jennifer recounts the struggles and triumphs of her eighteen-month journey from the decision to have another child, to the birth of her micro preemie at twenty-three weeks, and this tiny girl’s fight to survive.  From this pregnancy and Joy’s 121-day NICU stay, Jennifer learned more than she could ever have imagined about strength, faith, love, hope and miracles.  Today, Joy is thriving and the only major complication from her premature birth is a lung disorder called BPD (bronchopulmonary dysplasia).  For more information on Joy’s progress and Jennifer’s book, please see http://www.micropreemie.net.  You can also connect with Jennifer through her personal blog at http://micropreemie.net/category/blog/, through Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jenniferdegl and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jenniferdegl.