Mom's idea brings comfort to parents of newborns with big challenges

November 16, 2018 03:42 PM

It was supposed to be the happiest time in her life. Erin Tarbox of East Greenbush was pregnant with her second child -- a little girl. However, her joy soon turned to panic this past April, when her doctors said something was wrong.

"She wasn't growing. She was growth restricted. My blood pressure was so high it was affecting my placenta," recalled Tarbox.


She says she the news scared her.

"The neonatologist came to see us prior to having her. We ended up having a caesarian section," Tarbox explained.

He told them it was going to be a long NICU stay and a bumpy road.

She and her husband stayed with little Brinley Grace at St. Peter's Hospital -- who weighed barely two pounds every day -- taking shifts for two months. It was a challenging time.

Thankfully, Brinley started to thrive and soon came home, but Tarbox couldn't forget all they'd been through and shared an idea with her husband. How about creating bags with toiletries, snacks -- things she once needed while supporting Brinley -- and give them to other parents.

She called them "Brinley's Bags." The community responded with donations.

She's now prepping for her third drop-off of bags to area hospitals.

Something else in the bag -- a note from Tarbox and her husband about their journey with Brinley, is also bringing parents comfort.

MORE INFORMATION: Brinley's Bags on Facebook


Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff

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