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Alumni: Laura Romero

One alumna’s journey inspired her

to make an impact on families

By Mindy Green

Photo of a preemie laying in the palm of a hand

Premature babies may require lengthy hospital stays, which can be stressful for parents and older siblings. [Photo from handtohold.org]

Recent graduate Laura Romero is making a lasting impression on some Austin families. During her graduate practicum in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Family and Child Studies program, Romero developed a groundbreaking program that helps siblings of premature babies cope with familial stress during the baby’s long-term stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“My research revealed that very few programs were in place for siblings of children with special healthcare needs, not only across the United States, but worldwide as well,” Romero says.

Romero developed Sibling Sundaes to fill that void.

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