The Neonatal Womb Foundation

The Neonatal Womb Foundation : Lighting the way, building community, empowering the NICU traveler

Seattle , United StatesSeattle , United States
Year Founded:
1
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

When a Neonatal baby is born the womb that once was is recreated by all within the NICU unit for the baby/babies and their parents. Our mission is to provide NICU babies, parents, families, staff, and facilities the tools to aid in sustaining and supporting that womb.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we change the world by decreasing early births, disability & infant mortality while empowering the health, vitality, and economic well-being of the global NICU Community?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

15 million babies are born preterm annually. Preterm birth is the leading cause of death among children under 5. 75% of preterm birth fatalities are preventable with cost-effective solutions. USA has the 6th greatest number of pre-term births(1 in 10). Millions of preemies/NICU families/Providers do not have access to adequate NICU Resources. Target Population- NICU Community (NICU infants, parents, families,providers & NICU Facilities.)

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

MISSION-provide support to NICU facilities with locally donated technological/educational/spiritual/community resources/materials. DOMESTIC OUTREACH-Provide a Parent Navigator Support Program(NICU Family Journal & Neonatal Womb Foundation NICU support APP) to NICU parents. Provide donated laptops/tablets to NICU facilities for families to utilize in NICU. GLOBAL OUTREACH –with partnership facilitate donations of NICU-related medical equipment/supplies/educational resources for global NICU communities, establish a volunteer program to provide qualified NICU healthcare providers & training for qualified local healthcare providers, build/fortify NICU units, and supply clean-water/spirulina farming projects to developing nations.

Awards

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Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The Neonatal Womb Foundation will provide well-organized, diverse resource support, information, and empowerment to NICU families, staff and facilities.Exchanging NICU Medical research, processes, resources, and global Partner inclusion will reduce NICU related costs, increase infant survival rates and family health and coherence, while reducing infant disability & fatalities. EX-Joe and Mary gave birth to 24 week gestational, twins. One survived (4 months NICU Care). The journal was used to chart their journey; the lives of both twins, document critical information/resources, engage family members in healthy activity, support NICU staff.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

At this point in time we have an established website and social media pages with the goal to engage and support our local and global NICU Community. As we are an idea turning into a start-up at this point in time we are interested in launching a pilot-project into our local medical facilities by providing a NICU Journal to NICU parents to provide support along their NICU journey and create a tangible connection to their baby. At this time we are very interested in developing our parent navigator The Neonatal Womb APP. We seek to provide access to clinical, spiritual, community, financial and educational resource support and information within the APP. We believe the APP will significantly assist NICU parents along their NICU Journey, support NICU staff/facilities, empower the NICU community, reduce discharge re-visitation, and reduce cost-related to NICU.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

10 year plan: 1 years- pilot journal locally, expand domestically, publish book, seek/secure funding/grants-ongoing, pro-bono legal team 2-3 years- File 01-C3 , form Board, gain donated technology for NICU facilities, continue to gain fiscal sponsorship 3-5 years- Continue domestic expansion, secure pro-bono legal assistance to build global community 6-10 years- global outreach, resource exchange, train healthcare providers, build NICU facilities , partner to build clean-water/spirulina farming projects
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Develop/maintain strong stakeholder relationships (beneficiaries, staff, donors); obtain diverse funding types; build financial reserves; manage/finance/minimize overhead cost; assess/manage risk; build strong foundation; expand at sustainable pace; partner effectively with Non-Profit, Social Enterprise, For-profit, NGO’s; secure grants, donations, partnerships. Our cost-saving altruistic foundation is a smart investment.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

# of organizations. We focus on supporting/empowering the NICU Community as a whole by building connections, access, sustainable solutions, & healing within the NICU journey for all NICU travelers. Mission will provide resource support for NICU families/staff/facilities. Clean-Water/Spirulina Farming will increase health, provide nutritional supplementation & holds potential for local economic growth. NICU supplies/volunteerism/local training/facility development will expand community access to NICU care while supporting sustainable long-term solutions internationally. Everybody wins!
Team

Founding Story

Born 24 weeks gestation Kat lost her twin brother Cruz Campos, At 3 weeks old she received open heart surgery with no anesthesia,experienced multiple brain bleeds, multiple blood transfusions, & battled chronic lung disease. As Neonatal Advisory Board, Council Member/Volunteer it came to her attention that providing access resource support/connectivity/empowerment to the NICU Community on a global level is drastically needed in order to intervene & create sustainable outcomes in preventing Neonatal fatalities world-wide and the ability to provide access to stable long-lasting resource support to NICU parents for an empowering & healing experience along their NICU journey is needed & viable.

Team

Founder: Kat Campos- NICU Grad/NICU Sibling, Student/Medical School Candidate, NICU Advisory Board Member/Volunteer Co-Founder: Kathy Papac- NICU Mom of twins Cruz (deceased) and Kat (Founder), professional counselor/VRC/CDMS (33 years) 1st year will secure Board of Directors, medical/financial, community, and affiliate/partner relations to advise/provide strategy, propose action, evaluate program effectiveness and objective progress. With expansion of donation/community/financial support and local to global partnership our team will expand accordingly to best fit foundations needs/mission objectives.
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Free the Children/We Day volunteer referal

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

This is our 1st entrepreneurial project we are pioneering along with a both a social enterprise and a for-profit idea at this time. We are confident in our passion and eagerness to make an impact and take action.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

At this time we are gaining mentorship with SCORE Mentors. We have attending start-up weekend Health, Cambia-Grove Investment mentorship, and CEO Space mentorship meetings. We recently consulted with the Washington Biomedical Biotechnological Association in order to gain advice and mentorship. We have meet with UW Medical Center Philanthropy department regarding our mission interest to partner with UWMC. We are gaining local NICU community volunteer and local NICU facility interest. We are going to consult with Pro-Bono legal support in the near future, and we have a pro-bono consultation with APP developer MediIntelli out of Seattle regarding our APP development in 3 weeks. We have gained inspirational mentorship thru WE Day/Free the Children. We have also been under review with the Gates Foundation Neonatal, Maternal, and Child Care Division. We are interested in partnering with UW Medical Center, Seattle Children's, Overlake Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and UBC Children's locally in the Pacific Northwest to start our Pilot Project.

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