Both of my girls were born full term and healthy. I was able to pull both of them to my chest, immediately after I gave birth to them. I held them in my arms for a good hour, still covered in goop and wide-eyed meeting their mama. I breastfed them and kissed their fuzzy, wet heads. I felt my heart expand in my chest with a new love, a love I didn’t know could exist. Each time I think about the births of my girls, I get the chills and tears fill my eyes. I pray that I never take those experiences for granted. For me, birth was a beautiful thing – no fear, no tubes, no separation from my babies. For others, it’s not the same. Some mothers face extremely difficult pregnancies – early deliveries, weeks in the hospital, separation from the little ones they are just beginning to know. March of Dimes is an organization determined to make a difference for these families.
When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. They’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2 billion to benefit all babies. Find a march near you by visiting the March of Dimes website. Many events are this weekend. It’s not too late to sign up and march to make a difference for babies.