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16 Jan
Linda

This is My Cause

Posted by Linda

There are many great causes that deserve our time and money. Why do I care so much about this one?

 

Haden was born right when he was supposed to. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces – some of his first baby outfits were snug from the go. I have seen the tiny babies in their isolates. I cry for them, I can’t help it. But I won’t pretend to know the pain their parents feel.

 

As a working mom, when I’m not around Haden, I worry. Will he eat his breakfast, will he be warm enough if he goes outside, will he stay away from the road? This is what I’ve never had to worry about: will he make it through the night, will he be able to start breathing on his own, will he get through the surgery to repair his heart?

 

No mom should have to worry about these things. When a baby is fighting for his life, a life that has only just begun, it makes me sad. It makes me angry. It keeps me up at night. And it makes me want to do something, anything.

 

I feel responsible. I am responsible. We all are. As moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and everyone, it is our job to protect not just our own babies, but all babies.

 

There are many great causes. But this is mine.

 

How about you? Why do you care so much?

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This is My Cause

Comment by Esther — January 16, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

I never quite understood why G-d would make babies sick but, it happens. So if an organization (such as the March of Dimes) will help or even prevent babies from getting sick is the one that I whole-heartedly support.

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Comment by Melissa — January 17, 2009 @ 3:28 am

I care about babies because I just can’t imagie the worries parents of premature babies go through… My son was born only 1 week and half early… my niece was born 1 month early and she didn’t even have to be in the hospital more than two days!! Now, he is 1.5 years old, she will turn 3 this august. :)
Supporting March for Babies is my way of “paying” back for our “luck”… hopping someday all babies will be born on time and healthy.

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Comment by Shannon Plott — January 18, 2009 @ 11:28 am

I had a very complicated preg., spending about 2 1/2 months in Texas womens hospital. I delievered my son at 29 weeks, he weighed in at 2lbs 1oz and 14 inches long. He was so tiny and I was so sick. My mom and my wonderful husband spent many nights bringing picures back to me.
Texas Womens took WONDERFUL care of myself and my son Talan. He came home 2 wks prior to my due date at 4lbs 6ozs. He is so healthy. God bless all the doctors and nurses at Texas Womens Hospital in Houston.

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Comment by Jaime — January 18, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

As a mom to a 27 week preemie, I find your words very touching. Many parents who have never experienced a premature birth or sick newborn don’t often look back! You are truly wonderful!

Thank you!

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Comment by Karen — January 18, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

Angela, Thank you for caring about ALL babies. I agree with Jaime that many parents of healthy, full-term babies don’t think twice about it; they take it for granted. Thank you for appreciating what you have in your healthy child and for supporting the cause that is working toward healthy babies for all of us. My husband and I lost our son after just one day with him – he was born at 23 and a half weeks gestation. We now support the March of Dimes in the hopes that the money we raise helps some other family avoid what we cope with everyday. Thank you for making March of Dimes your cause!

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Comment by Donna — January 19, 2009 @ 3:08 am

We planned our pregnancy. I had proper prenatal care and felt great. At 24 weeks, I started having contractions and after 3 days of trying to stop them, Devin was born. No one could tell me why I gave birth prematurely. He spent 8 weeks on a ventilator, had numerous blood, lung and bladder infections and had 2 surgeries. After spending 3 months in the NICU, he came home on oxygen and medications. He was developmentally delayed so we attended Early Intervention classes until he was 3. After some of the horrors of having a premature baby had faded, we decided to try to have another baby. We felt confident that Devin’s premature birth was just a fluke. When we found out we were having twins we knew that could be a factor in having a premature birth. I felt great again and did everything right. At 26 weeks, I gave birth to Carsen and Blake. Again, no one could explain why I had given birth so prematurely, again. The twins pretty much followed the same path as their big brother in the NICU except for being there 4 months.

Never did it ever occur to me I would have anything other than normal pregnancies and give birth to healthy, full term babies. Not knowing if our sons would grow up with special needs or even survive was torturous. I truly believe they are alive today because of treatments and medications developed by the March of Dimes.

Today they are in school and doing well. You’d never guess their rough beginning. I now volunteer with the March of Dimes in their NICU Family Support team. I speak with Mom’s hospitalized, trying not to give birth early and in the NICU speaking with parents who have babies there. I share my story with them and try to give them hope. The March of Dimes has done so much for our family that this gives me a way to give back. It’s also reminds me how lucky we are, something I never want to take for granted. My own family walks with a family team to help raise money for the March of Dimes. I never want any baby or parent to have to go what we went through. The funds I help raise will possibly help my own grand children. I want them and every baby to have the very best chance. visit our page at http://www.Marchforbabies.com/ottoboys

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Comment by brandi — January 19, 2009 @ 7:17 pm

I had a very complicated preg. at 8 wks along my blood pressure went high an i blacked out driving our car. My OB doctor tried everything they could to control it. I was on 3 kinds of bp pills none of them worked. Finally at 27 wks along they sent me to Magee hospital to see if they could help me. They tried for 2 wks to control it. When i hit 29 weeks i started losing my eyesight and was having really bad headaches. My blood pressure reached 200/128 when they decided the had to take the baby in fear that they would lose me if they didnt. My baby girl was born 11 weeks early. My baby is still in the hospital she has been there for 2 mths.Its been one of the hardest things i have been through. I live an hr and ahalf away from the hospital the travel has been long ,but on days i cant make it down im fine with it because she is getting the best help. I never thought about any of my children being born premature. I didnt realize how serious it really was until it happened to me. This will be one of my first walks for march of dimes. Im ashamed i havnt done this sooner. I want to make a difference and help prevent babies being born premature. Its a hard thing to go through i dont want other families and babies to go through this.

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Comment by Sheryl Dinger — January 20, 2009 @ 5:51 pm

I am walking this year because I realize how blessed I am to have 3 healthy children. My youngest son just turned one and I was 36 yrs old when I had him, yes, I know not unusual these days, but I still had concerns. Fortunately, he was born at 39 wks 8lbs 7oz. My heart goes out to this cause, I just want to show others that I care by doing my little part……walking and raising money.

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Comment by Martha Warner — January 23, 2009 @ 5:15 pm

I am so happy to see that others who have dealt only with healthy births are willing to help those who don’t. I have been on both sides of this coin – my first son (who is now a VERY energetic 3-yr-old) was born completely healthy, no complications. I am walking starting this year to honor my second son who is now a little over one (thank g-d!) but who started out with more complications than I care to delve in to here. After 7 days in NICU which included a partial-blood transfusion the day he was born, we were lucky to take him home. I count my lucky stars for good insurance but know that there are those who don’t have coverage for $30,000 in hospital bills like I did. I am more than happy to walk a few miles to help others who are now where I was- trying to figure out what went wrong.

Bless those who work at Mt Clemens Regional Hospital NICU! Without you, where would we be? Thank you!

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Comment by Charmain Wolfe — January 26, 2009 @ 10:53 pm

the reason i started walking for the march of dimes march for babies is because my younger brother and sister were both born prematurely. my sister was born at 7 months and my brother a was born just 6 months into the pregnacy and i remember my mom telling me how hard it was to sit there and watch her baby struggle for life and how heart breaking it was wondering wether he was going to live or die and i would not wish that for any mother in the world, especially the new mothers. I my self don’t have any children yet at 27 but when i do have one i hope this walking that i am doing will better my chances of not having a premature baby.

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Comment by Lynsi — January 31, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

I dont think anyone expects to have a preemie. You get pregnant and assume in 9 months you will be bringing home a new baby. Thats not always the case, and it is so sad. I am a mom to a preemie weighing in at 3lbs 5 oz, she made me realize how quickly it can all be over, that we have no control. But she is proof on what great strides the medical community has made, my doctors very early on at 18 weeks knew she wasnt growing and would be born early. I was put on bed rest for 8 weeks, 7 weeks longer than they expected. They took all the right measures and although small she needed no oxygen, no brain problems, nothing she was fine, just tiny! She was hospitalized for 14 days and was released the doctors were astonished this tiny baby had no complications, I owe it all to the work of my OB, perinatologist and i believe the work of the march of dimes. She just turned 2 and is the definition of health and ahead of most children her age developmentally! This is working and such a great cause. Kaylas story was a success and hopefully we will see more and more of these awesome kiddos survivng and thriving! I hope through this more babies will have outcomes like Kaylas. Although I pray babies wont have to be born too soon. This is my cause.

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Comment by Bevin — February 11, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

I love this cause because I lost my daughter Cheyenne in May of 2008. She was born with significant brain damage for unknown reasons. I had her with me for 29 days. March of Dimes was there with me every step of the way while my daughter was in the NICU. I have lots of supporters and hope to raise lots of money for this organization!

http://www.marchforbabies.org/bbuchler

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Comment by Nily — February 12, 2009 @ 12:04 am

My cause is to honor my son a 35 weeks preemie born on Oct. 4th due to placenta abruption. He was born via emergency c-section and he had trouble breathing so they had to conect him to a breathing machine and transferd to another NICU and hospital while I stay on the one were I gave birth with only a picture of him. My little one is a fighter and he was prefectly fine after a week there and sent home were he belongs. Now Joseph Anthony is a prefectly healthy baby boy. For all those premature babies that like my son came out from the NICU victorously and for those that dint got the chance to come home I’ll walk.

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Comment by Krystal — May 6, 2009 @ 10:42 am

I couldn’t have worded it any better Angela. I have felt the same way since our daughter Hailey was born. She was born a healthy 8lbs 2oz and all I’ve thought about is how lucky we are that she is healthy. I have a friend who’s baby was born at 26 weeks and weighed in at 13oz. Thankfully, Ryleigh is still with us and is going on 4 years old. I recently read a blog about a family who knew their son wasn’t going to make it (not sure what disease he had). So they took him home and made him as comfortable as they could. He lived for 13 days and they were just thankful that they had that time with him.
I cry everytime I think of all of the joy and celebration that SHOULD be a part of having a child and is ripped away from some families. I’m proud to be a part of something so worthwhile and I will continue to give my support each year for the rest of my life, in hopes of saving the lives of many.

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