Join SuperEmmett and his sidekicks as we fight for the health of all moms and babies. We won’t stop until we reach our goal of building a better future for all.
One in ten babies is born prematurely every year, and in over half of those cases (like ours), the cause is unknown. The March of Dimes supports research, leads programs and provides education and advocacy -- making a difference to families in our community and across the country.
On May 18, 2016, I checked myself into labor and delivery because something felt off. I was just 26 weeks pregnant (not even in my third trimester) and was sure they would tell me it was nothing and send me home. Instead, they determined I was in active labor and that I had a slow amniotic leak. They immediately admitted me and pumped me full of drugs to try and stop labor, but Emmett had other plans. Just mere hours later he was born, weighing 1 lb 14 oz and measuring 13 inches in length.
We spent more than three months in the NICU, finally coming home two days after his original due date. It was the hardest three months of our lives, with many scary episodes that had us wondering if we'd ever get to bring him home. This year Emmett turns SEVEN, and while he is still dealing with a few lasting health effects of his prematurity, we know just how lucky we are. He is our superhero. He is the reason we march.
You can read more about Emmett's NICU journey at https://keepingupwiththehoffmans.com
With preterm birth rates continuing to rise, the U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, especially for women and babies of color.
At March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement™ you're lifting up communities, creating connections and taking action to make America a more equitable place and ensure that every mom and baby is healthy.
Together, we’re marching to raise funds and awareness to transform the health of all families!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!