About the Site

Preemies.org is a master’s thesis project developed to provide support and resources to families with premature babies. Research was conducted about prematurity, neonatology and health communication messaging from August 2010-December 2012.

Prior to my graduate studies, I worked as the marketing coordinator for the UNC-CH Kenan-Flagler Business School specializing in online publications. With my background in building a web presence, and with applied multimedia training through graduate studies, Preemies.org is designed with clear navigation and overall usability in mind.

It is my hope that with continued enhancements, Preemies.org will become the premiere website for comprehensive information and support for parents of preemies.

The site was created with the expert advice and guidance of my thesis committee:

Laura Ruel – Thesis Chair
Hugh Morton Distinguished Associate Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Jennifer L. Lail, MD
Assistant Vice President, Chronic Care Systems
James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence
Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics

Jock Lauterer
Senior Lecturer and Director of the Carolina Community Media Project
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Special thanks to Rebecca Yan and Rachelle Branca for help with programming and graphic design.
I also want to extend a special thank you to my family and to Kerry Garth. I couldn’t have done this without you.

Looking back I’m grateful for the person my preemie experience has made me become. I hope that your little miracle enriches your life as much as my little miracle has brought strength and courage to mine.


Carol Perry, Master of Arts in Mass Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
2010–2012 Roy H. Park Fellow
2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Fellow
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