Today is November 17 – World Prematurity Day
Every year in the US 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely. That is more than 15 million each year! World Prematurity Day is a key moment to focus global attention on the leading cause of child deaths under age 5 – complications from preterm birth – which account for nearly 1 million deaths each year.
Preterm birth happens for a variety of reasons, but there is often no known cause for premature labor. In my case, the moment we knew we were expecting triplets we scheduled their arrivals – right at 35 weeks. My doctor didn’t want me to carry any longer than that and we could only hope to make it that far carrying 3.
Taking extra precautions, such as bedrest (for 5 months) and doctor visits weekly keeping an eye on my thinning cervix; we were thankfully able to make it all the way to the scheduled date! Still, my babies being born at only 35 weeks brought fear for complications but none that they weren’t able to overcome.
Being in the NICU for 2.5 weeks was challenging but looking back I believe it brought my husband and I closer with the adversity we had to overcome. Financially, it was a major hit! Without insurance factored in $50k for just the babies alone! Can we please discuss that in a later post – I’m ready to move out of the country after that one.
The memories, good and bad – & the times we will spend with our miracle babies are priceless and we are forever grateful.
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. They support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start.
Your generous gift today will go THREE TIMES as far to fight for the health of all moms and babies. Millions of families are counting on us to help them have the best possible pregnancies.
Until midnight on November 17, 2018, all donations will be TRIPLED, up to $50,000. Click here for more details.
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