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About us


We are a parent led, charitable organization providing education, support and advocacy for premature babies and their families.

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Our mission is to empower families of premature babies every step of the way, through support and education.


Our vision is a brighter future for all premature babies and their families. Our main focus areas are support, education, awareness and research.

Strategic Plan

We invite you to join us in exploring our visionary roadmap for the years 2023-2028, as we unveil our compelling strategic plan that will shape the future of our organization. Please click the image below to view our Strategic Plan.

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Our History

Started in 2012, Canadian Premature Babies Foundation is the first national organization in Canada to support premature babies and their families.


We acknowledge the hard work and tenacity of our Founder, Katharina Staub, for bringing our organization from a thought to reality. With Katharina’s leadership, Canadian Premature Babies Foundation has developed partnerships across the world, all with the common goal of advocating for and providing support to premature babies and their families.


Our advocacy work has included government action to influence public policy affecting premature babies and their families – such as Employment Insurance and Parental Leave. We have also provided balanced information and responses to ethical issues and continue to do so in our work.

Where we are now and moving forward…


Confident parents mean well-adjusted and supported children. It is our intent that through consistent information, access to helpful resources, and peer support inside and outside the NICU, we are ensuring families of premature babies feel empowered and ready to care for their prematurely born child every step of the way. 

It takes a village.


As our organization grows and more volunteers are added to our team, we will continue to strive to provide thoughtful and useful services, supports and information to not only the families, but to the health care providers who support our vulnerable babies through their earliest challenges.


We will continue to develop national and international relationships with other parent-led organizations, health care providers and their governing bodies, corporations, donors and other stakeholders.


Let’s work together to encourage and empower families with prematurely born children! 

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Our Team

Our Team

Our team consists of parents of premature babies and neonatal health care professionals from across Canada. 

We are pleased to introduce you to our team.

Board Of Directors

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Doris Sawatzky-Dickson


Robin Hunter


Jan Marin


Karen Netzel


Karen Beattie


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Scientific Advisory Committee

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Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo


Dr. Nancy Feeley

Dr. Thierry Lacaze

Dr. Michael Narvey

Dr. Steven Miller

Family Advisory Committee

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Cristina Galifi

Jenna Morton

Kojo Mensah


Tiffany Richards

Family Support Committee


Education Committee


Research Committee

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Project Coordinators

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Andrea Wiebe

Milestone Cards 

Dr. Namrata Todurkar

Content Developer/Writer

Melissa Jones

Parent Voices

Kira Vallance

Special Projects

Heather Cresswell

Content Developer/Writer

Andrea Martel

Educational Projects

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Kate Robson

Peer Support Group

Sylvia Harnarain 

Illumination Campaign

Patricia Almeida

Preemie Chats

Lindsay Harris

Content Writer /

World Prematurity Day


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CPBF Parent-Partner Network

CPBF created a national network of parents who either are working or volunteering in NICUs across Canada.

The purpose of this group is to work together in sharing information about quality improvement initiatives and projects that they are involved in their NICUs.

CPBF also brings parents to participate and present at different conferences, meetings and workshops in Canada, including EPIQ, FICare and CANN.

If you would like to join this network, please contact us

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Parent Partner Network

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Privacy Policy 

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Online Media Policy

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Industry Relations Policy

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