Bloggers unite to fight for preemies

In 2009, more than 500 passionate bloggers from around the world signed up for the Bloggers Unite Fight for Preemies event. The blogosphere rose up with more than 13,000 blog posts, which were read by 3.3 million people. Together, we spoke out about the crisis of babies born too soon.

Please continue to fight premature birth this year. Will you tell your story? Visit Bloggers Unite to join.

Nov. 17 is dedicated to raising awareness of the crisis. It is the day we fight — because babies shouldn’t have to.

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5 Responses to “Bloggers unite to fight for preemies”

  1. Lydia Says:

    I am a mother to a 24 weeker, now six months. Please help this cause its very impotant that women and everyone should learn a bit about it!

  2. Jodi Says:

    I’m a mother of 23 week twins. . .one in heaven one on earth. My son passed away when he was a month old and it forever changed my life. My daughter spent 105 days in the NICU before coming home. She is now 3 years old and is truly a miracle. She is defying all the odds and living a happy, healthy life. This is a cause very near and dear to my heart.

  3. Donna Says:

    I am a mother to 27 weeker twins, girl & boy. They are nearly 7 months old now. This is a very important cause as these babies can not speak for themselve. Everyone should learn all about prematurity and the causes of it. God bless ALL preemies

  4. Lindsay Says:

    Thank you all so much for helping us spread the word!

  5. Tammy Says:

    I am the mother of 10 year old triplets (born at 32 5/7 weeks). We (myself & my perinatologist- a high risk OB doctor) caught all problems early (ultrasound exam to measure cervix from 11 weeks pregnancy & had a cerclage at 17 weeks, began monitoring for contractions at 20 weeks pregnancy and began home brethine pump at 24 weeks for contractions, couch rest from 17 weeks. No long term hospital based or home based bedrest this pregnancy. I had to deliver early due to platelets dropping and liver enzymes rising. Basically my body said enough!) We had a smooth NICU ride – all 3 babies off vents within 3 days after each had 3 doses of Surfactant. Thank you March of Dimes for funding the research that discovered the surfactant drug. We stayed in the NICU 27 more days to feed and grow. They had the expected premie issues of bilirubin and slow feeding until they were closer to the expected due date. (Finally got to be good breast feeders about 2 weeks after their expected due date. Premies can breast feed. It takes patience and a great pump!)

    I knew I was at risk with my second pregnancy not only because I was expecting multiples but also due to my first pregnancy history. In my first pregnancy at 26 weeks I became ill after eating off a salad bar (meat product) & dilated without any contractions (at least I had not felt any contractions and very minimal showed up on the monitor). I was in the hospital until I had a STAT c-section at 29 1/2 wk for chorioamnionitis (probably due to the food poisoning & the fact that no one treated my high adm WBC count with IV antibiotics. I had a total of 10 doctors making rounds on me during those 3 weeks of hospital bedrest & things got missed! My 29 1/2 wk gest daughter did well at first until the antibiotics began breaking down the infection and her premie organs couldn’t handle that much toxins. She passed away at 3 days of life due to prematurity and multiple organ failure.

    I am an OB nurse. Prematurity can happen to anyone. Learn the signs and symptoms. Eat foods that have been well cooked (not the processed meats etc. unless you cook them very well). Don’t eat foods from salad bars etc. since you can’t be 100% sure that they have been kept cold enough or hot enough to prevent bacteria growth. Pregnant women’s immune system is lower than normal (part of the natural pregnancy process) so pregnant women are at higher risk for infections (flu etc.) and food born illness. I thought I was being safe because I ate off the salad bar during a busy time! I learned there is not a 100% safe time for salad bars – too much of a risk – avoid them during pregnancy! In addition, when in the hospital ask your medical team for specific information about your lab work etc. (If I had of asked numbers from my CBC then I would have known I had a high WBC count on admission. I was told all my labs were normal at admission and I did not ask for specific numbers from each lab result. Unless you are a health care provider (nurse, doctor etc.) you might not know what everything means but by asking about each lab or diagnostic item it will help to make sure your health care team has seen each lab result & will therefore have the opportunity to evaluate the result with you. This can help cut down on missed results & might help save your babies life. I wish I had asked for numbers and not settled for “all your labs are normal”.)