Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fight For Preemies

Today is National Prematurity Awareness Day and all over the blogosphere, you're sure to find lots of mom's and dad's posting about their story, all in an effort to help raise awareness.  

We are so blessed to have benefited from the decades of work done by organizations like March Of Dimes.  For us... knowing that we were expecting multiples, also meant that we were a bit more prepared for welcoming premature babies and life in the NICU and at home!  

Luckily our girls were born healthy at just past 35 weeks.  Ava was diagnosed with IUGR at almost 18 weeks and we were followed closely with Ultrasounds, dopplers to check their cords and cord flow and fluid checks.  They took them a week before my scheduled C-Section, due to Ava's slow growth... she was in the 2nd%.  Emma spent just a few short hours (seemed like forever) in the NICU for rapid breathing and both girls had some issues with body temperature, and feeding.  Overall, they were just fine and we came home with them just 5 days after I delivered.

Still there are thousands of babies born too early and born sick every year.  In Massachusetts we get a passing grade, but many states do not!  To find out more about what you can do to raise awareness and support the organizations that are fighting for our babies, click here.