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Our mission is to ensure babies born with HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy) have access to the best medical equipment possible to help their condition immediately after birth as well as ensure their families have the resources and support they need.  

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Leah's Polar Hugs was inspired by the birth of the founders' daughter and seeing how much difference having the right medical equipment and staff in place can make in the outcome of an HIE birth.  While there are never any guarantees, we believe every baby born with HIE deserves a chance at the best possible outcome regardless of where or when they are born.

Our name is inspired by the cooling caps and blankets used to bring down an HIE newborn's body temperature to try to halt neurological deterioration and allow the brain to stabilize.  We naturally think of hugs as warm and cozy, but the cold 'hugs' this equipment provides is just the right thing at just the right time for HIE babies.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2017 in Illinois. EIN 82-2535825

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