We feel extremely blessed to have benefited from the decades of work done by organizations like the March of Dimes. Just walking back down memory lane illustrates how much their tireless efforts have done for families like ours.
With multiples, we were informed that our babies would be born early. But many are not prepared for the challenges that can arise from premature birth complications. In our case, we we hoped for the best, yet expected the worst.
Luckily, organizations like the March of Dimes have been working to educate, prevent, and help families cope with premature birth.
The facts are scary:
1 in 8 babies are born premature in America, an alarming rate higher than most other developed nations.
While California receives a passing grade, so many others states are lower, and the country is sub par overall.
It's easy for us to remember the emotions that accompanied our kids' arrival at 31 weeks, 5 days gestation. We were extremely fortunate to have phenomenal NICU staff and round the clock care for Russ, Ally, Molly, and Libby as they fought to develop and mature enough to survive outside the hospital. It's an amazing experience to see the strength, fight, and resilience of a human being that is only a few hours, days, or weeks old. And thankfully, our collective efforts will ensure they won't need to fight as hard in the future.
Thank you to the March of Dimes and all health care professionals who continue to "Fight for Preemies" and positively impact families around the world. And a HUGE thank you to all of you who help, donate, and blog today (400+ registered!)
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