The money you raise in March for Babies funds important research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives. More than 500 local programs were supported to help educate women and reduce risks during pregnancy. Comfort and information was offered to 90,000 families with a newborn in intensive care through March of Dimes NICU Family Support ®. Your involvement also helped the U.S. premature birth rate to drop for the 7th year in a row. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Until we have more answers, anyone's baby could be next. Lacey's death was not the result of premature birth but from a condition called Vasa Previa. This is when the intramembranous fetal blood vessels cross the internal os. It has a high fetal mortality because of the hemorrhage that occurs when these vessels are torn at the time of labor, delivery or when the membranes rupture. Vasa previa often remains unsuspected until this fatal fetal vessel rupture occurs. The reduction in the fetal mortality from this condition depends on its antenatal diagnosis. In one very big series, this condition was suspected in 18 pregnancy among 93,874 second and third trimester pregnancies and confirmed in 15, which means the incidence was of about 1.6:10,000 pregnancies. In another (prospective) study, vasa previa was diagnosed in two cases out of 586 (1 in 293 pregnancies). So, the incidence varies from one series to another one, being considered for some to be around 3:10,000 pregnancies. My March of Dimes "march for babies" team is SHARE Atlanta (www.shareatlanta.org). They have been my support during these last 14 years. They are a WONDERFUL organization ran by volunteers who have experienced a pregnancy or newborn loss themselves. They provide a support system for bereaved parents who have suffered a pregnancy or newborn loss. Their primary focus is on parental issues so healing can gradually occur. I'm doing the March of Dimes "march for babies" for every baby that has been lost and for the devastated families that they leave behind and for myself, as part of my healing. Burying my tiny, precious baby girl was the hardest thing that I have EVER had to face. I don't wish this journey on anyone.
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