NICU NURSERY PROJECT
I am excited to announce that I've teamed up with Bre from La Liberte Design Co. to use our interior design services for good!
The NICU Nursery Project is our way of giving back to NICU families in our area. See how it works and how you can get involved!
My son Henry was born unexpectedly at 34 weeks and 4 days. He spent 6 weeks fighting in the NICU.
I spent my maternity leave at the hospital with him and created Grace Ryan Designs inspired by his fight. Watching our warrior baby fight to come home to me inspired me to fight to be home with him.
Today, our sweet boy is wild, free, truly resilient and by my side as we create a more beautiful world together.
WHAT WE DO
The NICU Nursery Project was created by La Liberte Design Co. This project was created to organize and raise funds to design at-home nurseries for NICU families.
We crowdfund donations for families in need and take care of all their nursery essentials — from beautiful decor to cribs to changing stations — including stocking up on diapers and clothes for their new baby.
How it works
When a NICU family is nominated, we reach out to the nominator and family to gather more details and how to schedule the nursery donation based on team and funding availability.
Yes, you can nominate yourself! We are happy to support families who are currently in the NICU or who were in the NICU in the last year.
NICU Nursery Design Network
Bre La Liberte | La Liberte Design Co.
Bre is a girl and pup mom, wife, avid reader, baker, crafter, introvert, and interior designer. She founded the NICU Nursery Project in September 2023 after her battle with severe preeclampsia and her daughter’s 52-day NICU journey.
Grace Cousins | Grace Ryan Designs
State College, PA
Grace Ryan is a daughter, baby sister, artist, writer, introvert, designer and fellow NICU mama. Grace and Bre connected through Instagram and began this partnership to create more nurseries for deserving NICU families.
Meet the Madisons
We are so excited to say 2023 is off to an amazing start and we have our first nursery donation underway! I am excited to take the design lead on this project for this amazing PA NICU family! We’re humbly asking our community to help us fund this nursery, we appreciate your support and couldn’t do it without you.
At 25 weeks into her pregnancy, Katya and her husband Caleb were celebrating their babymoon, four hours from home, when they rushed to a local ER and learned that Katya's water had broken. The hospital lacked a NICU, and they faced the possibilities of delivering a baby that night or spending months far away from home, enduring Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's in a distant hospital. Taking a risk, Caleb and Katya decided to drive to their home hospital in the middle of the night, seeking proximity to family, home, and critical access to a NICU for Simon's chance of survival.
Katya spent six weeks in the antepartum special care unit doing everything she could to prolong delivery and stop labor before Simon was born eight weeks premature at exactly 32 weeks. Weighing 4lbs 14oz, Simon spent four weeks in the NICU, building strength in his lungs and learning to eat on his own.
When Katya was admitted to the hospital, she was not even in her third trimester, and barely prepared for Simon's arrival. Hospitalization shattered the expectations Katya and Caleb had for pregnancy, delivery, and welcoming a newborn. What was supposed to be a joyful time turned into a period of fear and uncertainty. Once Simon was born, Katya not only had to recover from labor but also from her six weeks of bedrest. Despite the relief of Katya finally being able to come home, the days became a blur of recovery, pumping, and commuting back and forth to the NICU, leaving them feeling like there was simply not enough time in the day.
Now that Simon is finally home, Katya and Caleb are finding a moment to catch their breath and begin to create a thoughtful and joyful space in their lives and home for Simon, a task made possible by the support received in preparing a nursery for him.