ATEC - Episode 53: A Micro Preemie Family Survival Story ft. Gaby and Mike Grinberg

Episode 53: A Micro Preemie Family Survival Story featuring Gaby and Mike Grinberg

At just 24 weeks of gestation, Mike and Gaby Grinberg unexpectedly welcomed their 11-ounce baby, Lana Rose into the world. Gaby hadn’t encountered red flags throughout her early pregnancy but severe severe preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome struck halfway through and caused Lana to be born a micro-preemie –at the time the second smallest micro preemie ever born at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.


Lana spent 6 months in the hospital in the NICU unit and when Gaby and Mike were finally able to bring her home she needed an array of medical equipment and round-the-clock care to keep her healthy and improving. In addition to the stress of new parenthood and a child in need of special care, Gaby lost her job. She and Mike felt the strain in their marriage but knew they would stay together and resolved to do whatever it took to help their family thrive.

Together, in 2017, they started a fully digital marketing company, Proofpoint, so they could stay home to raise Lana who has grown stronger and healthier every day, and build a company with commitment to the values they hold dear. In this episode Gaby and Mike who have a new podcast Mixing Business With Pleasure share their experience of learning how to advocate for themselves and Lana and what life is like for their family five years later.

Gaby and Mike Grinberg’s daughter Lana Rose was born prematurely at 24-weeks in August 2015 due to severe preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome which irrevocably altered the way they had been living and working. In order to work from home and provide what their daughter needed they founded Proofpoint Marketing a People-First B2B digital marketing agency that’s fully-remote with team-members and clients around the country.

Mike and Gaby are also the co-hosts of a recently-launched podcast, Mixing Business with Pleasure: an interview-style podcast featuring couples in a loving relationship who also work together!



I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
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