Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bloggers Unite to Fight for Preemies

Have you noticed the new flare on the side of our blog? It's just over to the right, below the photostream. Wondering what that's all about?

If you're a regular reader of our blog, then chances are you know our family. This means that you can count yourself among the many who know of a premature baby- our ex-29 weeker, Beatrice Kate.

In fact, one in every eight babies is born premature. That's just too many. So much so that since 1981, the rate of premature birth has risen over 30%.

March of Dimes, an organization whose research was critical to Beatrice Kate's surival during her first few days of life, is fighting to change these statistics. November 17 is dedicated to raising awareness for prematurity and the crisis it brings.

To help do our part to spread the word, next week Casey and I will join hundreds of other bloggers and take part in Bloggers Unite. During the month of November we'll share a little of our family's story- from the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia to our days in the NICU to life at home with an ex-micro-preemie. We'll give tips on what to say to a family with an unexpected, early arrival and how you can best support them. We'll share the fear that we faced during her birth and hospitalization and the fears for complications that her prematurity could still bring. More importantly however, we'll share the amazing success and strength that Beatrice Kate has shown everyday since she was born; and how God's Grace brought us closer together as family by walking through these trials together.

Have a blog? Want to get involved, too? 
1: Visit: http://marchofdimes.com/prematurity/index.asp
2: Put a badge on your blog to help raise awareness
3: On November 17, blog for a premature baby you know and love (uh... we've got one you can borrow) and help others!

As the March of Dimes says: "We need to fight- because babies shouldn't have to"

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for helping to spread the word about the importance of fighting for preemies. Our best to you and Beatrice Kate.

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