Many of you may already know our story, but for those that don't- here's a brief glimpse into our lives and why we support March of Dimes:
On July 24th, 2016, our twins Charlie and Sophia entered the world, weighing just 2lbs. each. I was 26 weeks pregnant at the time. To say that we were scared doesn't even begin to describe the emotions we felt that day. We did not have time to even process what was going on before I was being rushed to the OR for an emergency C-section. I had trained in the very NICU my babies were being taken to, and I knew the dangers and long uphill battle they faced being born so early. Sophia ended up staying 3 months working on developing her lungs, feeding, and growing. She came home to us on October 15th. Charlie had a much more difficult road and remained on a ventilator for 13 weeks. He was transferred back and forth between UAB and Children's, trying various treatments to help keep him stable. He also had a bowel perforation that required drains being placed in his abdomen. With excellent medical care and God's grace, Charlie's lungs and bowels healed and he came home to us on December 9th. These little fighters worked for the next year and a half with multiple therapists to catch up on their milestones. I am now happy to report that we have two healthy 5 1/2-year-old children who are wild, crazy, and an absolute blessing every day.
Looking at our current day-to-day life, it is easy to forget the challenges our family faced when our children were born. The March for Babies gives us the opportunity each year to remember and appreciate those challenges, as well as how the March of Dimes helped us overcome them. They provided support for us every step of the way, and the critical research and treatments that they have developed absolutely helped save our childrens' lives.
We continue to be blown away by the amazing work this organization is doing. Just as the March of Dimes helped develop treatments for polio, neural tube defects, and premature lungs, they are also working to develop treatment options for moms and babies impacted by COVID. They have continued to provide family support and hot meals to parents in the NICU, when they have otherwise been isolated from visitors throughout the pandemic. They are working with our legislators to make working conditions safe for pregnant women, as well as ensuring moms who have given birth maintain healthcare coverage for a full year- a critical window when women can experience post-partum complications.
We cannot count the blessings that have come from the journey we have experienced with our children. We are beyond grateful to be where we are today. But given the choice, we would not have other families go through what ours went through. Our goal is to do all we can to help more moms and babies come home healthy. There is still much work to be done.
If you are financially able to donate to a charity this year, we strongly encourage you to consider supporting the March of Dimes. We can personally attest to the life-changing work of this organization, and we look forward to continuing to see the positive impact we can have on moms and babies in our state.
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!
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