Right now, babies need all the help they can get. Premature birth affects about 380,000 babies here in the United States. As you may know, Kennedy is one of those babies. Kennedy was born one hour before reaching 28 weeks. She weighed just 2 lbs 2 oz and measured 14 inches. A few days after birth, she developed a very serious lung condition, and there were many scary days in the NICU.
She received multiple doses of surfactant - a therapy the March of Dimes helped develop - and spent close to 4 weeks on a high-frequency ventilator. She then spent 4 more weeks on other oxygen therapies, and by her 2 month birthday she was breathing room air on her own. She spent another 4 weeks in the hospital (bringing her hospital stay to 12 full weeks) while her lung condition improved and learning skills like how to regulate her body temperature and how to eat by mouth.
Thanks to research and development through the March of Dimes and amazing care in the NICU, Kennedy is now a smiley, chatty, healthy 17 month old, who is hitting all of her milestones on time!