No one expects to have a premature baby, no new mom dreams of holding her baby for the first time when their connected to all the wires, with loud beeps that stay with you forever. It's a family that you are forced in, a family that soon becomes apart of your journey.
At 34 weeks I was at my routine appointment, feeling unwell, my OB at UCLA saved my life, she ran the right tests and within an hour I was diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome, and in the OR delivering our babe.
I know now that I'm one of the lucky ones. I participate to help all moms and families experience the joy of a healthy baby. With nearly 4 million babies born each year, we have a lot of work to do to help them all. The funds I raise enable March of Dimes to support research, lead programs and provide education.
I spent 16 days in the ICU following birth, while our son spent 25 days in the NICU. As A new mom I felt hopeless, I was too sick to care for my baby, but I'm so incredibly grateful for the amazing NICU nurses and Drs, who cared for him when I couldn't.
Two babies die every hour in the U.S. And about every 12 hours a woman dies as a result of complications from pregnancy.
It's not fine. That's why we March for Babies.
We march to end maternal death. We march for babies born too soon. We march for babies we have lost. We march for moms-to-be. And we march for health equity.
Join the fight for healthy moms and strong babies, and make a difference for families everywhere!
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