Did You Know…

Thank you to everyone who made a donation to the March of Dimes in place of gifts for Owen & Emmy’s birthday! We are almost halfway to our goal (if you’re wondering why the donation meter here and the one on our team page don’t jive, it’s because donations by PayPal take time to show up…..so if you made your donation that way, it should show up soon), but we still need your help to reach $500! If you haven’t made a contribution yet, please consider doing so….every dollar counts! It’s quick and easy to donate–simply click on the “Donate Now” button in the sidebar and it will take you to our team page. You can enter any dollar amount and pay with credit/debit card or PayPal. If you’d prefer to send a check or cash, let me know! In the meantime, here are a few facts about prematurity that you might not know:

Today more than 1,400 babies in the U.S. will be born prematurely. Many will be too small and too sick to go home. Instead, they face weeks or even months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These babies face an increased risk of serious medical complications and death; however, most, eventually, will go home.

But what does the future hold for these babies? Many survivors grow up healthy; others aren’t so lucky. Even the best of care cannot always spare a premature baby from lasting disabilities such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation and learning problems, chronic lung disease, and vision and hearing problems. Half of all neurological disabilities in children are related to premature birth.

Although doctors have made tremendous advances in caring for babies born too small and too soon, we need to find out how to prevent these tragedies from happening in the first place. Despite decades of research, scientists have not yet developed effective ways to help prevent premature delivery. In fact, the rate of premature birth increased almost 35 percent between 1981 and 2005 (9.4 to 12.7 percent).


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