Why I March

I march because 3 pounds is heart wrenchingly small.

I march because after waiting so long, no one should have their baby whisked away from them after only a 5 second hello.

I march because it’s heartbreaking to be told that you can’t hold your own baby.

I march so that fewer parents have to become familiar with the terms “apnea,” “bradycardia,” “gavage,” “bilirubin,” and “PICC line.” Those should be reserved for doctors only!

I march because I know too many women who have delivered at 35, 33, 32, 31, 28, even 24 weeks.

I march because some of these women have had to say goodbye to their babies and give them to God.

I march so that more women can become educated on how to have a healthy pregnancy.

I march so that all premature infants can get the utmost care and their families can rely on the support and information provided by the March of Dimes.

I march for them:

Claire and Rachel, 31 week preemies, 38 day NICU survivors, and all around miracles,
posing with Baby Sister Zoe

This post was originally written and featured on The Twin Spin May 8, 2009. I repost it each year before we participate in the March of Dimes March for Babies. Thank you to all of you who have been so generous in your donations, and be on the lookout for a recap post after the event.

My friend Jessica marched last weekend in Michigan with her beautiful family. Check out her heartfelt recap about her experience.

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  1. Hi there! Stopping by from M&M. This is beautifully written! I am the mother to g/b twins born at 28 weeks, so I totally get it. Your girls are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing! Take care, Andrea

  2. Beautifully said.
    Your daughters are so lucky to have a mom who cares so much she does.

  3. My comment never posted days ago, glad I came back and noticed…

    Anyway, thank you so much for the link and I love every one of your reasons to walk, especially those three beautiful girls.

    They are so lucky to have you.

    Happy Mother's Day!

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