I ask what can you do to help? I know that asking a lot from anyone can be hard, but what if you could give a little? You could be the one to make a difference in the life of a new baby. Today, 1,500 babies will be born too soon, and too small.
I have been a volunteer with the March of Dimes for several years, with my heart involved since, well birth, really. I was born 7 weeks premature, the first of 4 babies to my mother. I think I surprised her… more like shocked her, being the first and all. But in all seriousness, prematurity has become somewhat of a epidemic. There are so many factors that can contribute to premature births, and while some babies grow and thrive and live normal, healthy lives, like I have, others can be severelely sick, have life long difficulties or even die.
With two of my pregnancies, I was put on bedrest, one at 30 weeks and the most recent, well 4 years ago, at 26 weeks. Both for pre-eclampsia or high blood pressure. The last pregnancy caused my liver enzymes to go crazy, which was stressful and scary, but because I had great doctors and they watched me closely, I was able to deliver full term for all my babies. I consider myself truly blessed.
Here is a link to a wonderful story written by a survining twin, born at 29 weeks some 30+ years ago. I hope you will take the time to read.
If you are interested in donating to the March of Dimes, every little bit does help. Visit www.marchforbabies.org
The local March for Babies… Salt Lake County walk will be on May 15, 9 am at This is The Place Heritage Park. Come support a great cause and have a great time. Bring your whole family. Hope to see you there, and Happy Baking!