Posts Tagged ‘Mother’s Day’

Sharing Mommy Moments for Mother’s Day

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Family walking outdoorsMother’s Day is coming up this Sunday. Let’s take some time to share special moments and memories.

What are some meaningful memories you have of your mother?

Are you a mom? What are some of the most memorable moments with your child that you cherish?

Do you have any humorous stories that would be fun to share?

Here are a couple from me to start us off:

“Dinner’s ready! Wash your hands!” my mother calls. We all show up at the table and it’s obvious that my brother’s hands are not clean. “But I washed them!” he protested. “So why are they still dirty ?” my mother asks. He looks at his hands to see the dirt on the top of his hands (not on his palms) and says “Oh – I had to wash the top, too??”

When we got a new TV and I was having trouble figuring out how the remote control worked, my son picked up the remote and took over effortlessly. My daughter then turned to me and said “Mommy – you need to practice more!”

Here are some from my colleagues:

“Walk…don’t run” my mother said. I wish I had listened. I was so excited that “our” lake was frozen enough that I could ice-skate, so I started to run up the outside stairs from the lake to the house, and of course, slipped on the icy step and fractured my wrist.  No skating that season for me…

One great memory I have from growing up with my mom is her surprise lunches. Every day at school I would sit down and open my lunch box to see what she had put together for me. She always cut my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches into fun shapes and designs and often included a little love note. It was as if I was getting a hug from her all the way at school and it always put a big smile on my face.

What’s your mommy moment? Please share.

And to all moms and moms-to-be, have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

 

We’re born to appreciate parents!

Friday, May 31st, 2013

boc-fathers-day-55-1134-vert1The March of Dimes imbornto campaign is intended to engage with parents around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day since our quest for “stronger, healthier babies” truly begins with the most important people in babies’ lives – parents! Through our history, our support of parents has been an understated but crucial aspect of addressing the medical and public health problems that have been the focus of our mission. Only a parent can measure most profoundly the personal effects of illness and disability on a child. Our emphasis today on healthy pregnancy and healthy babies implicitly involves parents in our most important objectives. After all, this concern is at the basis of providing “News Moms Need.”

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are special occasions to honor one’s parents. In the 1950s the March of Dimes recognized Mother’s Day by selecting an annual “Polio Mother of the Year.” But the hoopla surrounding such publicity skirts the momentous fact that the conquest of polio was achieved by millions of women (and men) who joined “Mothers March,” the most successful fund-raiser of those years. “Mothers March on Polio” soon became “Mothers March on Birth Defects,” and the volunteer moms and dads behind these efforts were as much responsible for improving children’s health as the creators of vaccines and the leaders in perinatal breakthroughs. This is but one reason why we laud the contributions of mothers and fathers today.

From Virginia Apgar’s 1972 book of advice to new parents, Is My Baby All Right?, to our decades-long involvement in supporting families undergoing the traumatic experience of a NICU hospitalization, the March of Dimes has appreciated the role of parents in children’s health. Our current push for creating transdisciplinary centers for research on premature birth runs parallel to our propensity for collaboration and team-building, and the role of parents in these endeavors is just as fundamental to the overarching social goals of improving children’s health.

In 1955, the National Father’s Day Committee selected March of Dimes President Basil O’Connor as “Father of the Year.” In the wake of the success of the polio vaccine created with March of Dimes funds by Dr. Jonas Salk, his selection may seem to us all-too-obvious in retrospect. His daughters, Sheelagh O’Connor and Bettyann Culver, attended a recognition luncheon, and the requisite photographs were taken. Among the many letters of congratulations that O’Connor received, one close business contact wrote, “You are a good father, and you are an exceptionally good citizen and good friend.” It is in this spirit of warm appreciation that the March of Dimes pays tribute to mothers and fathers. Hats off to all moms and dads!

Happy Mother’s Day

Friday, May 10th, 2013

generationsIn honor of Mother’s Day, we’d like to offer expectant moms one more tool to help promote a healthy pregnancy. Here’s a quick introduction to elective deliveries. Find out why the latest research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and  information from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes all suggest that women wait until at least 39 weeks of pregnancy to deliver unless medically necessary.

What is the safest point in my pregnancy for my baby to be born?

The baby’s brain, liver, and lungs continue important development in the womb until 39 weeks. Unless health risks to the mother or baby require earlier delivery, it is best to wait until at least 39 weeks to deliver and, if possible, to let labor begin on its own. This extra time improves outcomes for mother and baby.

What to ask your health provider before you decide to deliver before 39 weeks of pregnancy:
• Are there any medical indications that suggest I should induce labor early?
• What are the potential complications of elective early delivery for my baby?
• What are the potential complications for my own health?
• How do you tell when my body is ready for labor?
• How might inducing labor affect my future pregnancies?

Just a couple weeks can make a big difference for your health and the health of your baby. As you approach the last few months of your pregnancy (or if you’re already there), keep the questions above in mind as you talk to your doctor or midwife about your delivery options. Write them down. Print them out. And watch this video from the NIH on why waiting just a few extra weeks to deliver can be critical for you and your baby.

Every baby is born to…

Friday, May 11th, 2012

imbornto  is a new national campaign that benefits March of Dimes. It taps into our collective hopes, dreams and aspirations that we have for our babies and ourselves. The campaign illustrates that every baby is born to do something great, and no matter what you were born to do (dance, cook, build, create, fly!), March of Dimes helped you get there.

The imbornto campaign has two major goals: (1) to increase awareness of the mission of the March of Dimes and to teach people how March of Dimes has had an influence on everyone’s life and (2) to raise money for the organization’s vital research and programs. Take a look at what we want people to know.

The campaign will run every year from just before Mother’s Day through Father’s Day.

Individuals can support March of Dimes and the imbornto campaign by shopping, dining or donating at locations where they see the March of Dimes imbornto logo. Information about the companies supporting the campaign can be found at www.imbornto.com. Additionally, donations can be made through that site or via www.marchofdimes.org.

Momma’s got a new set of wheels

Monday, April 26th, 2010

10734889_thbMy husband gave me my Mother’s Day gift a little early this year and I’m really excited about it. I’ll be cruising around the neighborhood in style on my brand new comfort bike! It’s exactly the incentive I needed to get back into shape after having the baby. But wait…it gets better. We researched bicycle mounted seats for children and found a compatible one for my bike. Now that my daughter is over a year old, she can be fitted for a toddler helmet and handle the ride more safely. I have a lot to learn before I actually put her on the bike with me, but I just love the idea of doing something active and outdoors together. Do you bike with your kids? If you have any safety tips I’d love to hear’em!

Before you decide to bike with your little one, please read the safety tips available on The American Academy of Pediatrics Website.

Happy Monday and be safe!

Free give-away – beautiful Mother’s Love necklace

Monday, May 4th, 2009

necklaceWe have been incredibly fortunate to receive one of the “Mother’s Love” necklaces mentioned in our post last week.  We will be giving away this lovely mother and child caught in an eternal embrace to one of you in time for Mother’s Day.  To enter, send us a comment telling us why you would like this necklace and what it means to you.

A random drawing taken from your comments will be held on Thursday May 7th.  We will overnight the necklace to the winner to arrive some time on Friday.  Thank you for reading our blog and for supporting our mission to give every baby a healthy beginning.  Best of luck to you.

UPDATE:  Thank you all so much for participating.  We had a great response from so many deserving moms.  I’m pleased to announce that Laura C. is the lucky winner of the Mother’s Love necklace.  Congratulations Laura!

We at News Moms Need wish all of you a very happy Mother’s Day.

Have you shopped for a Mother’s Day gift yet?

Friday, May 1st, 2009

new-motherhood-necklaceWhether it’s flowers your mom wants, or jewelry that she prefers, you can show her your love while helping to make a difference for other moms and babies who need help.  This year, for Mother’s Day, help the March of Dimes give every baby a healthy start in life by choosing as a gift one of the many special items that will support the March of Dimes mission.

The ‘Mother’s Love’ necklace is created from a single, unending loop of sterling silver. It is a unique interpretation of a mother and child caught in an eternal embrace and can be purchased at RedEnvelope.   RedEnvelope will donate to the March of Dimes 10 percent of all items purchased through that Web site until May 31, 2009.

But if it’s flowers or a potted plant your mother loves, you can order them through ProFlowers and $10 of every order will go to support March of Dimes and its programs in communities throughout the United States.

When its time to preserve memories of special times with mom, visit KODAK’s Honor Your Mom Facebook page. causes.com/honoryourmom. In celebration of extraordinary moms everywhere this Mother’s Day, KODAK Picture Kiosk is donating $50,000 towards March of Dimes research and community programs.

Regardless of what gift you choose or what source you use, happy shopping and Happy Mother’s Day!