Babies are considered premature if they are born before 37 weeks gestation, although new research is considering moving that time frame to incorporate all babies born before 39 weeks. The cause for my son being born 14 weeks premature was a placental abruption due to a large fibroid tumor that was 11 cm at the time. For up to 40 percent of parents, the cause of their child's premature birth is unknown. Can you imagine welcoming your child into the world, weeks early, without any idea as to why? The March of Dimes researchers are seeking the causes as a step toward developing ways to prevent it. By funding lifesaving research and speaking out for legislation that improves care for moms and babies, there are positive strides being made everyday. The next steps include implementing and expanding community education and medical outreach, and that's the exact same cause that is behind the His Middle Name initiative!
As a tribute to all those born too soon and to those who will never make it to their first birthday, His Middle Name has joined the fight and is making it even easier to give back. Just click the logo below and you will have the opportunity to donate to the March of Dimes in honor and celebration of Sutton's life, or create a virtual bracelet of your own! Together, we can raise awareness and help more babies start healthy lives.