Tuesday, January 12, 2010

March for Babies-Share your Story

It is time once again to start organizing a team for the March of Dimes-March for Babies. The March of Dimes is devoted to the welfare of all babies, but is most currently known for their research which has helped saved the lives of millions of babies born too soon. Through their research Surfactant was developed which is one of the most instrumental tools in saving preemies. One of the biggest killers for premature babies is a lack of Surfactant which is what keeps your lungs from sticking together when you breathe in and out. By developing artificial Surfactant, babies rates of Respiratory Distress Syndrome and subsequent death from it has been greatly reduced. The MOD also back in the 1950's did critical research in the fight against polio and development of a vaccine. The MOD also provides financial assistance to parents to help pay NICU bills and were the one to call for Neo-natal Intensive Care Units to be developed in the first place.

I have directly benefited from the MOD research. Their research helped lead to the use of steroid shots given during pregnancy to help develop the babies lungs in the event they are likely to be premature. I was given the shots and I firmly believe that is part of why they only had to be in Special Care and not NICU. I also support them in Mason's memory because I hope that one day mothers will not have to experience that loss.

We are in the beginning phases of organizing our team. I hope it to be bigger and better than last year as I am continually meeting new people who share my passion. Speaking of, several people have shared their stories with me. I am asking you if you feel comfortable to share your stories of why the March of Dimes is dear to you on here. Just leave it as a comment and I will post it. I can't wait to hear your stories and I look forward to working with all of you as we team up to save babies together.


Anonymous said...

My daughter Mary was born at 28 weeks weighing 2 lbs. 5 ozs. She was immediatly given surfactant and after a long NICU stay and a heart moniter, today she is a healthy 2 year old.

Anonymous said...

My twins were born at 33 weeks. After a few weeks in the NICU they are healthy three year olds today with mild development delays. I too had the steroid shots and IC.