march for babies blog

18 Mar

Why I Walk

Posted by Linda

My brother and his wife were awaiting the birth of their first child. But, very suddenly, there were complications. When I received a call telling me that I had a 2 lb., 6 oz. baby niece, my joy was hand in hand with fear. And it broke my heart that my sister-in-law felt no joy at all. I will never forget opening the door to her hospital room and seeing her lying in the dark — overcome with disappointment and feelings of failure. My brother and I stared into the incubator at this tiny girl who wasn’t quite ready to come into this world. What should have been the happiest day of their lives was the beginning of an anxiety-filled journey.

The first sign of heightened hope…she was breathing on her own!!

In the ongoing days and weeks, the situation — and emotions — began to brighten. There is no way to express how grateful they were for the caring hands and expertise of the NICU staff. How grateful they were for the guidance, comfort and support they received. How grateful they were when, five weeks later, they were able to take their little girl home! During that challenging time period, they weren’t aware of the ways in which the work of the March of Dimes helped their daughter. But they are now…and will never forget it. My niece grew slowly, but surely; had no subsequent health issues; and is now a beautiful young woman.

For every expectant couple, no truer words were ever spoken: “As long as our baby is healthy…”

Nearly half a million babies are born too soon each year. Each one of them needs our help.

REGISTER now for March for Babies, and if you can’t walk with us, please DONATE.


Why I Walk

Comment by Ashly VanAlstein — March 18, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

We walk in memory of our daughter Amilliah Rae VanAlstein. Born at 28 weeks at 2lbs 7oz. I had pPROM (preterm premature rupture of the membranes) at 16 weeks. AFI was anywhere from 0-2 those 12 weeks inbetween. We had to sign a DNR when we delivered her but she came out trying to breathe! Thanks to the March of Dimes and their research on surfactant we got some time with her. She lived 65 days when she was suppose to be a stillborn baby.
Amilliah Rae
Team Precious Memories

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Comment by Bonnie — March 18, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

My water broke at 23 weeks and 3 days. It was the most scary day in my entire life. The Drs told us that her chances of survival were less than 10% and that she would need to be put on a breathing tube. They also said that if she survived that she would have a long road that was going to be full of huge bumps. So that night the Drs gave us a choice… They asked if we wanted to do what we could to save her knowing it may be for nothing or if we wanted to just let her be with us and let her go… We chose to fight!
The next day I went into labor and Lyla was born at 23 weeks and 4 days. She was 1 pound 2 ounces. And I will never forget the Dr say Oh my God she is crying!! She is breathing on her own! Lyla never needed to be put on a breathing machine!
We spent over 3 months in the NICU. And the road was hard and full of bumps but Lyla survived! Not only did she survive but she is healthy. I know that with out God and the March of Dimes that she may not be with us today!

Why I Walk

Comment by Kelly Wolfe — March 20, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

This will be our first year walking, we are walking as Team Verhonica in honor of my Granddaughter Verhonica, we lost her April 2012 to Neonatal Hemochromatosis. She was born beautiful and we were able to have her here with us for 21 beautiful days. She was very strong and was a fighter but sadly, she was not diagnosed until after she died. We spent 21 days and nights in the NICU by her side. The family is very thankful to the NICU staff for not only the amazing care they gave Verhonica, but the emotional support they gave to us her family.

We are proud to support the March of Dimes and their quest to make sure all babies are born healthy <3

Why I Walk

Comment by Jessica — March 20, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

On July 5, 2011 – our world was turned upside down. My water broke at just 25 weeks and 3 days…. Up until this point I had a perfect pregnancy – not even a sign of morning sickness – why our baby? I stayed in the hospital, and my little fighter stayed put for 2 weeks and 2 days, and then, on July 21, 2011 our world changed forever. At 5:39am a little boy (2lbs. 7oz. & 14 inches), the love of our life came kicking into this world. For 56 long days our son worked on growing in the NICU. We were blessed with great doctors, amazing nurses, and the best support system around – I could not imagine going through this experience somewhere other than Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, RI.

I am beyond thankful for the work the March of Dimes has done to help protect these little miracles. Without their dedication to research, I would not be able to say that today, our son is a thriving toddler – running, talking up a storm, and showing the world each day that he is a true miracle. He has taught us more about faith, hope, love and strength than we ever knew possible.

I walk because….
My son is my hero! :)

Why I Walk

Comment by Sharon — March 21, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

I am walking with team United Airlines. Both of my children spent time in the N I C U ward when they were born. I had gestational diabetes with them both. My oldest one suffered from Myconiam aspiration. She came out gray. I remember her not crying. Then I heard her cry. Stephanie was on a breathing machine at the hospital for 2 weeks after I left the hospital. She is now 7 years old and has small learning disabilities but is doing great. Due to the unexplained enlarged liver and spleen she is unable to play contact sports. My other one only spent time in the N I C U because her lungs did not get squeezed out due to she was a c section. With out great doctors and the love of the N I C U nurses my kids may have been different. That is the reason that I decided to join the walk this year.

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Comment by Nancie Whaley — March 21, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

I have two stories. My sister was on vacation in Florida, getting ready to go on a cruise, 31 years ago and her placenta ruptured. Her son, Adam, was born prematurely and stayed in the Florida hospital for 6 months, until he was healthy enough to be flown up to Children’s Hospital in Detroit. 31 years ago the chances were very slim. At 9 months he passed away.
8 years ago my son and daughter in law had a 3 month premature baby. When the complications started prior to labor the doctors were able to give my daughter in law a shot that would help the baby’s lungs get more developed. They held the labor for several days to give the baby time. My grandson was born at 3.5 lbs (a very good weight for a 3 month premie! He was in the hospital NICU for 3 months but then came home with oxygen only. A very happy baby, healthy. He is now 8 years old and a sweetie. A little small for his age but very active and normal.
What a difference from Adam. The difference is March of Dimes and the innovations they find for these premature babies.
I walk for Adam and Gavin.

Why I Walk

Comment by Emily Carabitses — March 21, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

Why I will walk-

I will walk in honor of my precious Eva gone to soon after one day one Earth. She was born at 26 weeks June 6, 2012 and was in our arms for a day- but will be in our hearts for a lifetime. I will walk for all other angels and their familes that I have met along the way to keep thier memories alive!

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Comment by Brooke Glenn — March 21, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

I went into my ob/gyn office on April 14th 2010 at 27 weeks with my baby boy Connor. I had preemclampsia and was sent to Palmetto Health Richland and was admitted into the hospital not knowing three days later i would give birth to my 2 lbs 1 oz baby boy Connor Anthony Glenn. We spent 12 weeks in the hospital with many ups and downs from a whole in his heart to stomach infections. With the help of the excellent nurses at palmetto health richland nicu and March of Dimes we brought our beautiful baby boy home on July 11th 2010.

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Comment by Tina — March 21, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

As a perinatal sonographer, I see firsthand how important those 40 weeks are to a growing baby. I witness babies being born prematurely for a variety of reasons, and routinely scan them in the NICU. I walk for those tiny babies who are 100% dependent on everyone around them, and yet still show us adults what it means to FIGHT!

Why I Walk

Comment by Gem Zafaralla — March 21, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

Walking in the Loving Memory of My Daughter “Ghaniah Zaedus Zafaralla Saga”Born on the 26th of Feburary of 2004 at 3pounds 4 ounces. I gave birth at about 32 weeks and went in with everything. Feeling on Excitement, Fear, Anxiety and Joy. After i was admitted to the hospital i was told that i had to perform a 24 hour urine test to indicate how many protien was in my urine. Then not so many hours of being in the hospital my blood pressure went up extremely high forcing the doctors to induce my labor.

Next step was to get an ultrasound done to indicate what position the fetus was in. While my Ultrasound was being done, the ultrasound tech and specialist asked my if i knew that something was wrong with my baby. I addressed “No” at the same time feeling my heart melt and my body numb. I was then rushed to the procedure room with nothing being told to me. Once i got to the procedure room i was placed on oxygen and and dostors started performing a PUBS test. Don’t remember anything there after but just waking up to the labor room with my family in tears and support.

All i heard was the doctor calling my name is telling me that i have to be strong and try to puch the baby out and that he is very sorry but there’s a 25% chance of the baby making it. My Heart was melted to liquid and i just told myself to push. As i was pushing i looked up and saw that my BP was 187/122 and all i remember was telling the nurse ” i can’t do it, i can’t do it!! I don’t feel too good.. I’m going to pass out”.. Shortly before i passed out my sweet little angel popped and i was given such short time to spend with her and then an instant good bye”

She never made it, but i’m proud to say that i went through that and that it was all worth staying in the ICU for 2 weeks. I was an emotional wreck but i told myself i had to be strong for myself and to take this as a lesson learn. I’m very prooud to say that I’m Currently a mother of 2 Beautiful Girls and had i not developed a unconditional motherly love over this experience, It had thought me to appreciate life more and love endlessly.

I also Proud to be an employee of United Health Group in Honolulu that yearly participates in the March of Dimes in giving to those in need of support.

Thank you for this organization and i walk because of “Ghaniah Zaedus Zafaralla Saga” Feb 26, 2004

Why I Walk

Comment by Kristen Kay Thornton — March 21, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

I walk in memory of our daughter Kealani Thornton. At 6 and half months into pregnancy her heart stopped beating. We paid for an autopsy but still got no closure…On that day my heart broke..and the world as I knew it shattered..I walk for this cause sot hat one day no one will ever to feel the pain of not knowing why like we did.

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Comment by Tabitha Holtman — March 21, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

We walk in memory of our sweet angel baby Brohdy Joseph who was born at just 23 weeks 5 days. He lived for a precious eight hours. We cherish every second we had with him. The time we had with him will never seem long enough but we know in our hearts he is always with us. We walk to support all the other families that have been placed in that situation. We walk to honor our son. We were so greatful for the exceptional staff that cared for me and our son.

Why I Walk

Comment by Jamie Porhola — March 21, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

My son Hunter Thomas was not before premature, however he was born with a very large very unusual Hemangioma (birth defect)on his upper left arm. A Hemangioma is a build up of vessel on or under the skin. His was very different, very complicated and made for one bumpy road ahead of us. We had no idea that he was going to be born with this, they were unable to see this in any of the ultrasounds because they are not sure when this developed and typically they do not start off as large as my sons was.His was so complicated that it created issue with his heart and lungs causing to him to have Pulmonary Hypertension. The amount of blood flow that was going to his bump was not allowing it to circulate throughout the body like it should. After spending a month at U of M and having a high risk procedure done to shunt some of the vessels supplying blood to his bump, we were finally able to go home. He is my everything and i’m so grateful for all of the doctors at U of M, i could not have ask for better care. We continue to monitor is arm and pulmonary issues. With continuous meds 3 times a day, its a been a year and we can say with a big smile things are almost perfect :). He will mostly down the road will have to have some plastic for this arm but doctors say we went from a 5 to a 1. I thank god everyday for my sweet baby boy and that he continue to grow healthier and stronger. This is my first walk and i’m so excited and proud. For all those families that go through any type of struggle within the first moments of their precious little ones lives, this walk is for you and for those who have gone through anything. I walk for hope, for cures and for support. I can’t wait.

Why I Walk

Comment by Lawnie — March 21, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

I walk for my friend and his family. Their son has been fighting for his life since he was born. Surgeries after surgeries. illness after illness. This Lil boy has fought harder then any adult I have ever seen. If this Lil guy can fight so hard, then we as adults need to fight just as hard to support these families, doctors, nurses, and support teams!

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Comment by Lakeisha Warren — March 22, 2013 @ 5:21 am

I walk because I gave birth to my first child Logan Malaysia who was born at 29 weeks on January 10, 2011 weighing 2lbs 11oz. I had preeclampsia during my delivery and I also suffered seizure complications during my C-Section.Logan suffered many complications also. She had to stay in the hospital for two and a half months. At two months she had surgery done on her liver. Logan is a healthy two year old today and I am beyond blessed to have her in my life.

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Comment by Lou Bolster — March 22, 2013 @ 10:18 am

I walk because my twin boys were born at 33 weeks and 2 days. I was put on hospital bedrest at 29 weeks, and I was terrified at the thought of losing one or both of my babies. Thanks to the work of March of Dimes, my team of doctors and nurses and prenatal care, my sons were born healthy and only spent 3 weeks in the NICU. They made steady progress without setbacks or bumps along the way. While my boys were in the NICU, the March of Dimes counselor was a huge support and cheerleader for us. I’m walking to give back to the March of Dimes and pay it forward!

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Comment by Mary — March 22, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

We walk in memory of our sons Jacob Moran & Ryan Moran. For both pregnancies I had PPROM (preterm premature rupture of the membranes) at 14 & 16 weeks. We had to terminate both pregnancies as they told us neither would survive.

I walk in hopes that more women like me can have answers and solutions.
Still in hopes for a baby!
Team Moran Babies

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Comment by Irina — March 22, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

I was enjoying a healthy pregnancy when out of sudden my water broke at 25 weeks. The doctors told us her chances of survival were 60%. I got 2 shots of steroids to help her little lungs mature faster. My daughter managed to stay inside for another 5 weeks and 3 days. There were days full with hope and fear, we were grateful for each day I stayed pregnant, because every day our daughter was growing stronger and stronger and so were here chances for survival. I went into labour at 30.5 weeks gestation and gave birth to a healthy 3.5 lbs girl. It was a miracle!
She stayed another 5 weeks in the NICU and now she is a 4 years old preschooler and it hard to believe she once was a preemie. But I know not all the parents were so lucky. We were blessed, thank to Lord, to the March of Dimes and to the St.Vincent Women Hospital!

Why I Walk

Comment by Lauren Klein — March 22, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

Why I walk? Imagine being 28 weeks pregnant, only to find out that you have to give birth immediately or you may not survive. Imagine watching your baby in the NICU growing on the outside, while she should have been on the inside. Imagin…e never being able to meet your baby nor watch him take his first breath. Why I walk? So this can be prevented and not happen to any family ever again. March of Dimes- A charity near and dear to my family’s heart.


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