The Louisville chapter of the March of Dimes has it's annual March for Babies on May 8. I find it to be appropriately on Mother's Day weekend. I have done this walk before, however, this year it has a new meaning. I spent 4 weeks in the hospital with preterm labor and after the boys were born, they spent 7 days in the NICU. The March of Dimes was there for our family and the other families who were in the same situation. The MoD (because it's just easier to type this each time) held activities and visited the mommies on bedrest in the hospital. They brought us pictures from the MoD walk and decorations for our rooms on Mother's Day. They let us know they we were not alone while we laid in bed doing what was best for our children. After the boys were born, they supplied us with books on taking care of premies, meal tickets to a local restaurant, sweet blankets for the babies to use in the NICU. They offered support to new parents who were not only overwhelmed by being new parents, but watching their babies spend their first days of life hooked up to tubes and IV's. Thankfully, Ethan and Lucas were healthy to come home within 7 days but there were plenty of other babies who had a much longer stay with much more difficult issues. I want to do everything I can to help support this organization that supports these babies, these families, and is researching how to prevent these early births. If you are at all possible, please donate to this cause. No matter the amount, every dollar counts!! If you're not able to donate monetarily, please consider donating some time. Visiting mothers in the hospital on bedrest is one option. Thank you so much for anything you can do!!!!!
(You can click on the March of Dimes picture on the side of my blog or go to www.marchforbabies.com/ourlittlebrownies)
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