Monday, November 16, 2009

Fight for Preemies!!!


Wow, 19 months ago yes I was saddened when someone had a premature baby, but nothing like I feel today. Premature birth has rocked my world. The rocking of my world began at 12:30 am on Friday April 25, 2008. So I am taking part in raising awareness to the crisis of premature birth. Because of research and medical advances that have already taken place I was able to stay pregnant until week 33 after my water broke at week 30. First and foremost I give credit to God and His sovereign plan and His protection over me and my baby boy. Do you know a baby that was born too soon, too small, unable to suck, unable to breathe on his own? Premature birth is a health crisis that jeopardizes the lives and health of nearly half-million babies each year. It is the #1 killer of newborns and can lead to lifelong disabilities. Worse: the number has increased 31 percent since 1981. Increased...I still can't believe that number. It can happen without warning and for no known reason. My situation is a clear example. Have a text book, so called perfect pregnancy until week 30. Until we have more answers, anyone’s baby, could be born too soon. Medical advances give even the tiniest babies a chance of survival, yet for many babies premature birth is still a life or death condition. It’s the #1 cause of death during the first month of life. And babies who survive face serious health challenges and risk lifelong disabilities. The rate of premature birth has never been higher. In half the cases, we simply don’t understand what went wrong. We need to fight for answers. And, ultimately, preventions.

So I do ask that you would take a few moments and visit the
March of Dimes website to learn how you can make a difference. Let's fight for these babies, so they don't have to.

One Day All Babies will be Born Healthy!

In honor of Baby Ava, Baby Ella, Baby Cooper and his twin brother Parker who's an angel in heaven, Baby Hunter, Baby Jackson, Baby Reece, Baby Addison and Riley, Hager baby boys, Baby Eli, Thaggard triplets, George boys and of course our Joy from the Lord Lyndon...

3 comments:

Pam said...

On behalf of the March of Dimes, thanks for telling your personal story about prematurity and for helping us tell the world about Prematurity Awareness Day. As you say, if we all work together, "One day, all babies will be born healthy."

For families who have had a premature baby, you may want to visit the March of Dimes online community www.shareyourstory.org. It's a great group of parents who help and support each other.

With best wishes to you and your family,
Pam
March of Dimes

icenhower-family said...

Wow...thanks for posting a comment on my blog and for introducing me to yours! Lyndon is precious and I can't wait for Garrett's first Thanksgiving (this week), Christmas, and birthday. I enjoyed reading your story and I am trying to figure out exactly where you live! I am from Durant, OK so I am a fellow Okie!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to following your blog! WE have so much to be thankful for...two beautiful, growing little boys!!

Carla Icenhower

DeBrady said...

I found your blog through Melodie (she and I went to grade school together...I actually went to OBU with your husband and high school/OBU with Summer and Courtney too...small world). Anyway, I enjoy reading about your precious little boy! We too, had our son early at 30 weeks one year ago on Nov 25th. It is such a scary time but a time of growing in faith. Mason is healthy and happy now, thanks to all of the medical advances that have already been made. Thank you for sharing your story!
Debra