What We Do

All circumstances differ, as do the emotions endured. Many go home while their baby remains hospitalized for days, weeks, and even months. The Cradling New Life Mission is to address the needs of families enduring the struggles of pre-term labor, premature birth, or other ill little ones in Iowa hospitals' Neonatal Intensive Care Units by raising awareness and establishing a unified footprint toward their needs.

News and Updates


Cradling New Life’s fifth-annual ornament fundraiser delivers to NICU families.

Join Cradling New Life and run, walk, roll & stroll 3.1 miles to benefit Iowa’s smallest fighters! Join us for our first-ever #ForTheBabies Virtual 5K! All you have to do to participate is register for the event and post/tag @CradlingNewLife on Facebook and Instagram over the weekend of October 21-23. The best part about a […]

“This grant will go far in helping Cradling New Life achieve its goals of increasing assistance…and the number of families we are able to help.” -Cradling New Life President Mindy Nelson The MDRT Foundation has awarded a USD $5,000 grant to Cradling New Life, a Des Moines-based charity that provides assistance to families with babies […]

Register for our first-ever virtual 5K and you’ll be signed up for all the fun and swag!

How we have been helping

Baby Brooks

Brooks’ ultrasound came back abnormal during his mom’s pregnancy. It was discovered that he had a mass on his left lung. Between that and his mom’s high blood pressure, doctors decided to deliver him at 37 weeks. When the doctors operated to remove the mass, it got even more complicated as they realized part of […]

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Baby Weston

Weston’s mama experienced placenta previa during her pregnancy which led to her being life flighted to Des Moines from Algona. This family had a long way to travel for visits while taking care of big brother Easton at home. I’m sure they will be double trouble in no time!

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