Newborn Health Initiative Champion Jennifer Degl recently penned a blog highlighting September as NICU Awareness Month, and also sharing her perspective as a mother of preemie. September 9th, 2017 marked the fifth anniversary of the day that Jennifer brought home her daughter, Joy, from the NICU. "In many ways it seems like yesterday, yet in many ways it also seems like an eternity ago. I’m curious if any other preemie or NICU parents feel the same.Do you remember your baby’s discharge date as I do? Do you also feel as if it’s a day to commemorate your child and celebrate their strength and will to live? Today, Joy is a happy and healthy (with some minor medical issues caused by her premature birth) little girl, and she also loves the fall! Autumn will always symbolize strength and new beginnings for our family."