The Wackrow family is proud and honored to be supporting the March of Dimes for the 10th consecutive year—this time, as Boston’s 2020 March for Babies Ambassador Family. The family’s commitment to March of Dimes began in February 2009, following the birth of our youngest daughter, Taylor. In the breaks between blood tests, transfusions, and doctors’ consultations, they recognized the need for critical research to fight premature birth and end infant mortality. Thus, Team Taylor Tot began, both as a tribute to Taylor’s tenacity and a call-to-action.
Jocelyn Wackrow’s pregnancy with her and Jonathan’s third child was considered high-risk. After Jocelyn’s history of preeclampsia with her two sons, Hunter and Carter, born at 33 and 34 weeks, her doctors monitored her throughout the third pregnancy. However, she grew increasingly ill during her second trimester and was admitted to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome, a pregnancy complication combining symptoms of hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and a low platelet count. To save her own life and her baby’s, Jocelyn underwent an emergency c-section.
Taylor Jean was born at 27 weeks, 6 days, and the Wackrow family embarked upon 139 days in the NICU. Taylor faced a labyrinth of setbacks and victories, including pneumonia, breathing issues, respiratory syncytial virus and multiple infections. Meanwhile, the family fell into the rhythm of life in the hospital—the quiet tension of monotony and anticipation, ventilators and machines, beeping each heartbeat, any new noise or silence a new worry.
Taylor has faced numerous developmental setbacks and illness because of her premature birth including a blood disorder, torticollis and hip dysplasia. Taylor continues to amaze her doctors with her cognitive abilities and resilience. Today she loves reading, tennis and cheerleading.