What makes this year’s event so vital? Because in no uncertain terms the statistics don’t lie: one in eight babies is born prematurely. Although I learned what caused Sutton’s prematurity almost immediately after I gave birth, many parents will be thrust into a new life in the NICU without ever having any determined cause as to why. Pregnancy is a time of hope and new beginnings, and having to bring your child into the world weeks early can leave any parent feeling confused and alone. That’s why the March of Dimes’ efforts are so valuable. Their research is seeking the causes of prematurity and birth defects as a step toward developing ways to prevent them. And they don’t stop there! With local and global campaigns, health education, volunteer opportunities, wellness initiatives and an expansive online community that offers comfort and support, the March of Dimes is sharing their dream of a healthier future for all babies.
I cannot wait until April 29th to walk besides my family and dear friends in honor of my son, his life and the indelible experience that his premature birth had on Brad and me. I also encourage each of you to get involved in any way you can - donate, volunteer or find some way to connect with others who support the March of Dimes. You also have plenty of time to rally your family, circle of friends and coworkers to join a March for Babies team or create your own. Below I have left some helpful links to the March of Dimes and if you feel so inclined, an opportunity to donate to the His Middle Name team fund.
The New Year is in full swing, and His Middle Name is ready to turn that new leaf over! After we had breakfast and our morning coffee, my husband Brad and I decided it was time to start gearing up for the 2012 March of Dimes