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Stephanie Vaughan

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“We know how extremely fortunate we are to have had such positive outcomes for both boys.”

Stephanie Vaughan

Co-founder and President of The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund

On October 29, 2010, Stephanie experienced the unexpected birth of her sons at 28 weeks, one day gestation followed four days later by Morgan’s diagnosis of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) and subsequent loss of 20% of his small intestine.

Before coming home, Shaymus spent 85 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Bridgeport Hospital; Morgan spent a combined 109 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Bridgeport Hospital and the Newborn Special Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. They are now happy, healthy (nearly) seven-year-olds.

Shaymus and Morgan’s birth was a defining moment for the entire family. The 109 days that followed left them forever changed and on the path to establishing The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund (Morgan’s Fund)—an all-volunteer, public charity dedicated to Necrotizing Enterocolitis. Its mission is to promote public awareness about NEC and the potentially devastating effects it can have on preemies and their families and to advance research to prevent, diagnose, treat, and ultimately, cure NEC. Named after Morgan, it celebrates his survival, courage, and strength.

In addition to serving as President of Morgan’s Fund, Stephanie is the Print Production Coordinator at an investment firm in Austin, Texas. She has worked in the creative services industry for nearly two decades, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design from Rivier University in New Hampshire and a Master of Professional Studies in Design Management from Pratt Institute in New York.

Speaking FAQS

  • Breastfeeding & Pumping
  • Developmental Care: How it Helped
  • Multiple Gestation Pregnancy
  • Interaction with a Doctor That Could Have Been Better
  • Life after the NICU: How I Was Prepared
  • Life after the NICU: How I Wasn’t Prepared
  • Life after the NICU: Maximizing Your Early Intervention Experience
  • Life after the NICU: Transitioning to the School Years
  • More than One Baby in the NICU (Multiple Gestation)
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • NICU Experience
  • Positive Interaction with a doctor
  • Positive Interaction with a nurse
  • Prematurity


Austin, Texas

Because each speaker has a unique fee structure, we recommend that you contact us if you have a specific format in mind.

Many speakers charge a base fee for 1-hour presentation and keynotes. This fee often increases incrementally depending on your requirements from half to full day seminars. In some cases, a speaker will charge the same fee for a presentation regardless of whether it’s an hour or a full day seminar.

Please note: Speaker fees vary widely and typically do not include expenses. Expenses often include airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, meals, and any out-of-pocket expenses. Fees for international events are often subject to an incremental increase in cost.

  • Preemie Parent Summit, November 2016
  • Special Interest Group NEC, U.K.’s 4th International Conference | September 2016
  • National Coalition for Infant Health/Institute for Patient Access’ Infant Health Policy Summit | September 2016
  • Storyteller at Heart of the City’s Fireworks!: Stories of triumph + celebration | July 6, 2015


Audio/Video of Previous Speaking Engagements

Fireworks!: Stories of Triumph + Celebration

Ep. 0: Morgan’s Story—The Prologue to Speaking of NEC | February 28, 2015

Speaking of NEC: Necrotizing Enterocolitis is a free, audio podcast series about Necrotizing Enterocolitis. Produced by The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund, and funded by The Petit Family Foundation, Speaking of NEC is a series of one-on-one conversations with relevant NEC experts—neonatologists, clinicians and researchers—that highlights current prevention, diagnosis, and treatment strategies for NEC, and the search for a cure. The Prologue features Stephanie’s story:

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