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Jennifer Degl

With my cell phone lighting the way, I left the cabin as quietly as I was able and walked the quarter-mile to my car. The security guard gave a slight wave as I drove past him—it never occurred to me to stop at the guard gate...

Jennifer Degl

Author of From Hope to Joy & Blogger for HuffPost Parents and The Mighty

Jennifer Degl started a journal the night her micro preemie was born. Weighing in at just 1 lb 4 oz, the birth of her fourth child and only daughter, appropriately named Joy, changed her life forever. Five months later,
instead of writing in her journal, she sat down and read every page. That’s when she knew she had to tell their story.

In her memoir, Jennifer recounts the struggles and triumphs of her journey: from the decision to have a fourth child, through the four life-threatening hemorrhages she survived, to the birth of her micro preemie at 23 weeks gestation, and her daughter’s fight to survive.

As a seasoned public speaker and author, Jennifer is in the midst of her 18th year as a high school science teacher in New York and she is eager to share her experiences as a preemie parent. She will speak at any event for organizations raising awareness of or money for research being done to prevent premature births, treatments for medical complications of premature births, or families of premature babies.

Speaking FAQS

  • Using a NICU Journal as Both a Weapon Against Misunderstanding and an Instrument of Healing
  • What’s Next? What Will Happen Post NICU?
  • How to Foster Positive Relationships with NICU Doctors and Nurses
  • Signs of Delayed Onset PTSD Post NICU and What Can Be Done
  • Ways to Increase Your Baby’s Lung Capacity As They Grow
  • How to Involve Young Siblings In The NICU Experience
  • How to Mentally Survive Pregnancy Induced Bed Rest
  • How to Cope With High Risk Pregnancy and Remain Optimistic
  • How To Handle 4 Months or More in the NICU
  • Dividing Time Between the NICU and Time with Other Siblings
  • Pumping For a Baby You Can’t Breastfeed

“Jennifer Degl’s From Hope to Joy is a gripping account that reminds us pregnancy can have serious consequences despite the miracles of modern medicine. And yet, through Jen’s hope of motherhood and the faith of her family and friends, readers will share her Joy.”
– Craig Osleeb MD / Mount Kisco Medical Group Allergy and Immunology

“This book exemplifies the sacrifices, love, courage, commitment, fears and triumphs inherent in bringing a new child into the world. The Degl family’s experience represents a potent dose of reality — the type that defines the human experience. A must read for both those contemplating and raising a family.”
– Marc Childs MD / Mount Kisco Medical Group Pediatrics

“From Hope To Joy is a riveting, awe-inspiring account of a family’s difficult and emotional journey in the birth of their daughter, Joy, 17 weeks early. Jennifer Degl offers readers insight into the realities and challenges of a life-threatening pregnancy and birth, the hospitalization of an extremely premature newborn in the NICU, and the struggle to maintain normalcy for three young boys at home. Faced with what seems like insurmountable odds and obstacles, the family’s unwavering determination, perseverance, strength, hope and love pull them through the darkest of moments and bless them in ways they could have never imagined. We couldn’t put this book down.”
                                                                                                    – Hailey’s Hope Foundation

“From Hope to Joy is a story that is capable of connecting us all, regardless of our experiences with raising a family. A mother’s love, a family’s sacrifice, and a little baby full of fight and courage are the backbone of this compelling story. It is a book that will linger in your heart long after you put it down.”
– Amanda Cerrito  /  Editorial Assistant at Pearson Education

“This book is compelling. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself getting lost in the story. Jen’s determination to bring Joy into this world was remarkable. When you’ve finished reading, please make a donation to the nearest children’s hospital, for all the future “Joys.”
–  Tom Furci  /  Midday Host-Music Director 100.7 WHUD

“From Hope to Joy is an amazing story. Jennifer skillfully created an emotional connection so the reader experiences her ups and downs as she welcomed the newest member of her family. Her will and strength were remarkable.”
                  – Linda Silbert, PhD  / Author of “Why Bad Grades Happen to Good Kids” and “Bessie’s Pillow”

Mahopac, NY

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  • Keynote Speaker and Parent Panel Expert at the 32nd Annual NANN (National Association of Neonatal Nurses) Conference in Palm Springs, California – October 29, 2016
  • Expert Panel Speaker at the House of Representatives Briefing on Capitol Hill introducing House Bill 5182 (The Promoting Life Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act) on June 22, 2016
  • Expert Panel Speaker at the Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill, introducing Senate Bill S. 2041 (The Promoting Life Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act) on February 22, 2016
  • Keynote/Opening Speaker at Pace 4 Kids fundraiser for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center-held/hosted by Pace University in NY- November 2014
  • Speaker at Author Night at the Katonah Village Library in NY- November 2014
  • Keynote Speaker at Hailey’s Hope Foundation’s fundraiser at Palacio Catering and Conference Center in NY- September 2014
  • Keynote/Opening Speaker for the Westchester County, New York “March for Babies” (over 3,000 people attended) hosted by the March of Dimes-April 2014
  • Keynote speaker at “An Evening of Reflection and Discussion” to raise money for The Tiny Miracles Foundation held at the Westport Arts Center-March 2014
  • Author Night at Mahopac Public Library in NY- December 2013
  • Jennifer has done numerous book signings, book club discussions, and has spoken to many NICU support groups since publishing her book “From Hope to Joy: A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds” in August 2013.

Jennifer has been speaking in front of audiences for over 17 years as a public high school science teacher in NY.

Audio/Video of Previous Speaking Engagements

Keep Your Preemie Healthy During Prematurity Awareness Month

Preemie Success Story WHUD Radio/Video interview for World Prematurity Day

Let’s Talk Writing

Premature Babies Today

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“From Hope To Joy is a riveting, awe-inspiring account of a family’s difficult and emotional journey in the birth of their daughter, Joy, 17 aweeks early. Jennifer Degl offers readers insight into the realities and challenges of a life-threatening pregnancy and birth, the hospitalization of an extremely premature newborn in the NICU, and the struggle to maintain normalcy for three young boys at home. Faced with what seems like insurmountable odds and obstacles, the family’s unwavering determination, perseverance, strength, hope and love pull them through the darkest of moments and bless them in ways they could have never imagined. We couldn’t put this book down.”
                                                                                                    – Hailey’s Hope Foundation