HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pebbles of Hope, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping premature babies thrive through technology-based parent education, launched today the first module of its Thrive Guide -- an interactive course, offered free of charge, designed to educate parents of preemies on critical care practices for their babies. The first module of the course, which focuses on nutrition, breastfeeding and Kangaroo Care – skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby – includes expert information, instructional videos and parent testimonials to help parents give the world’s smallest babies the best foundation for a healthy life.
The online version of the Thrive Guide will be hosted on the Udemy online learning platform. Additional versions of the course will be made available in offline formats for individuals without access to the Internet. Funding for developing the course was received in part by Udemy’s Social Innovation program, which supports nonprofits pursuing positive social change by awarding course creation grants. Pebbles of Hope received a $2,500 grant from the program in September 2014.
Of the course’s launch, Pebbles of Hope founder, Cheryl Chotrani says, “We are thrilled to be launching this innovative resource for parents of preemies. Parents play the most critical role in helping their children live their best life, so when parents of preemies are empowered with knowledge about life-saving interventions for their babies, these preemies can not only survive, they can thrive, even in locations with limited medical resources.”
Eventually, the Thrive Guide will be expanded to include additional modules and will be translated into multiple languages for international distribution.
Persons interested in learning more about the Thrive Guide or signing up for the course, visit https://www.pebblesofhope.org/current-programs
About Pebbles of Hope
Pebbles of Hope is a United States-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping premature babies around the world survive and thrive. By leveraging technology to provide education and training to parents and other caregivers, Pebbles of Hope is working to give premature babies born in underserved areas an increased chance at survival and the opportunity to lead a healthy life.
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