I have birthed three babies (don’t you just hear “I don’t know nuthin bout birthin no babies!!” in your head?) and each birth was radically different from the other. My first was a bit of a nightmare, although at the time I don’t think I realized quite how bad it was because I had nothing to compare it to. Intense back labor, a late epidural because of my stubbornness, over 3 hours of pushing, a frantic forceps delivery. Lily’s head came out like a member of the Coneheads and I was so bruised and battered I could barely sit (is that TMI? It feels like it might be TMI).
Hannah came flying out 45 minutes after we got to the hospital. No epidural (no time), I barely pushed and I rolled off the bed, and walked up to my new room feeling like a million bucks. Because that experience was so lovely I vowed that Silas would be born the same way. But the little bugger seemed to like life on the inside and once my labor started it kept stalling. Although I also delivered him drug free it was nowhere near as easy as Hannah had been. I recall pushing for about an hour and telling everyone I was done and he was just going to have to stay in for life.
What I learned through all this is that you simply can’t plan for what is going to happen once you get pregnant. We can make birth plans and get due dates, but at the end of the day those kids are just going to come out how they want to come out. We can simply do our best to have healthy pregnancies to minimize complications during delivery. Many of us know all to well there are one million variables that can go wrong.
My story is a bit of a “things go wrong” story. I made my way into this world almost 40 years ago (yowza) and surprised my parents by coming 3 weeks early. While that isn’t super early by today’s standards it is still less than a full term pregnancy and it wasn’t too long before my grandfather noticed that something wasn’t quite right. Sure enough I was having trouble breathing and had to be whisked out of my mother’s arms and to a hospital with a NICU where I had to be put in an incubator and observed until my lungs further developed. Scary stuff, but thankfully I turned out fine (well…. it’s all relative).
This month I am honored to be part of a team of 39 bloggers, representing the length of a full term pregnancy, spreading the word about March of Dimes, their work in preventing premature births, and their #imbornto campaign.
I had NO idea all the things the March of Dimes is responsible for until I started this project. They have been around for 75 years and if you were born during that time period, you likely have been affected by them. Yes YOU are a March of Dimes baby.
- Received the polio vaccine
- Taken a prenatal vitamin with folic acid while or before becoming pregnant
- Received an APGAR score immediately following birth
- Been born prematurely or had a premature baby
Yep. Thank the March of Dimes. Currently one baby is born prematurely every minute and approximately 72 children die each day before reaching their first birthday. In America. In 2015. This is still very much a current problem. Worldwide, over 15 MILLION babies are born too soon. The March of Dimes funds important research into preventing premature births and improving prenatal care.
In the next few weeks I will let you know some really cool ways you can support the March of Dimes around Mother’s and Father’s Day (teaser- it involves SHOPPING!!). But I think the first step is just being aware of all the great work they are doing and giving them some social media love.
The March of Dimes truly believes that every child born was born to do something great. Their chances of success are greater if they are born healthy and on time and March of Dimes wants to celebrate that. So take a post a picture of your kiddos or yourself with the hashtag #imbornto and let the world know what they were born to do. I love a campaign that celebrates babies and the moms and dads that would give their lives to keep them safe and healthy. They have been doing amazing work for 75 years but their work is far from done. Let’s help them continue their work for 75 more!