Did you know….
Today I am honored to be working with the March of Dimes and help spread the news about Premature Births! Last year I highlighted three of the many families I know personally who have had premature births [you can read about it HERE], but I thought there was really no need to re-do a perfectly great post! So this year, I just wanted to share some information about premature births, and get the word out there to help fight for premies! I don’t think, I could share any better then the above photos – to me that is exactly what the March of Dimes repreresents.
You may think you personally do not know a child that was born premature, however the statistics tell us 1 in 8 births are premature births. That number is staggering. With that being said, most of you may not know that a child was born premature, because they are perfectly healthy. Thanks to excellent care, they were given during those precious minutes, hours, days, months and sometimes even years that got them to be healthy today. It’s organizations like the March of Dimes, who helps fund and aid in the research of prematurity, so that those who are born premature have a fighting chance at life…and not even at life, but a perfectly healthy normal life. The statistics are out there.
Do you know the major milestones in a high risk (possible premature birth) pregnancy? Those of you who have encountered a premature birth already or those who have or had a high risk pregnancy to begin with (like in the cases of multiples), these milestone are major!
- Milestone #1: 24 weeks: Viability, your baby has a chance of survival (between 23-26 weeks, each day in the womb will increase the baby’s survival rate by 2-4%)
- Milestone #2: 28 weeks: 8/9 babies born at this gestation will survive, but will spend months in the NICU (most quadruplets born between 28-30 weeks)
- Milestone #3: 32 weeks: Prognosis is good, baby will spend several weeks in the NICU (most triplets born between 32-34 weeks)
- Milestone #4: 34 weeks:Prognosis is great, baby will spend a week or two in the hospital, just to gain weight (most twins are born between 33-35 weeks)
- Milestone #5: 36 weeks: Excellent prognosis, baby will most likely be coming home with you
- Milestone #6: 37 weeks: Full-Term!
We need to do everything we can, to help these babies – whether they are born early or helping mom stay pregnant longer. The March of Dimes needs your help to help these babies.
For more information, please visit the March of Dimes website! If you are looking for a great cause to donate to, I highly recommend the March of Dimes, because we need to fight, because babies shouldn’t have to!
If you want to read more personal stories about other peoples struggles and triumphs with premature birth, I encourage you to check out the Bloggers Unite Fight For Preemies page. Hundreds of other bloggers have blogged about their premature birth stories, and have linked them up to this site. Do you have a story you’d like to share? Please feel free to link-up and join in the Fight For Preemies!