Today (November 17th) is Prematurity Awareness Day.
In the United States, 1 in 8 babies are born prematurely. Worldwide, 13 million babies are born too soon every year.
T was one of those babies.
I’ve written about our experience a few times. Like when we participated in the March for Babies and I had my first real discussion with T about his birth story. And when I guest posted for Samantha, providing a few tips for life in the NICU. Or what about that time I posted the first video T’s dad made when we were able to bring him home from the hospital?
T was born at 32 weeks gestation. He was in the NICU for a total of 78 days. We were lucky. We had access to a terrific hospital, an invaluable team of nurses, doctors and specialists with tools to help T – despite the fact that I was and uninsured and unmarried young woman. We were lucky. We live in a state that received a D on the Prematurity Report Card.
We don’t know the reason T was born prematurely. And that is a common occurrence. We don’t always know. But by spreading awareness and with research, one day we’ll be able to give all babies a healthy start in life.
|4 lbs. 2.5 oz.|
|And now. My superhero.|