Tags: March of Dimes, Maternity, Online Spotlight, Women's Health
Nothing is scarier than when your little bundle of joy comes out a tiny bit littler than you expected.
Today in the U.S., 1 in every 8 babies will be born prematurely. Many of these babies won't survive; many will live with a lifetime of health problems. Preterm birth is currently the leading cause of infant mortality in the U.S. March of Dimes, an organization devoted to stronger, healthier babies, is hoping to change that fact one baby at a time.
Roxanne Burns, one of our own here at Indy's Child, is one of the many mothers who have enlisted the help and support of March of Dimes. On October 26, 2004, Roxanne's own little bundle of joy came into this world. Ashton Burns, born 11 weeks before his due date, weighed only 3 lbs. and 2 oz. "His head was smaller than a baseball and he could fit in my husband's two hands," says Roxanne.
Ashton spent almost 9 weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital. When he first came out, "he could not breathe, eat, maintain his body temperature or even keep his heart beating on his own. He was jaundiced and anemic. He never cried and rarely opened his eyes," says Roxanne.
As the weeks went on at the NICU, Roxanne and her husband began to breathe a little easier. Roxanne and her husband were finally able to take baby Ashton home on New Year's Eve. They were far from out of the woods in terms of his health, but at least he was home. "Even once he came home there were ups and downs," says Roxanne. "In between all of those setbacks, though, there was always something good that happened too."
Today, Ashton is celebrating his seventh birthday. Ashton enjoys playing baseball, being outdoors, and playing with his little brother Caleb. Caleb, now almost five years old, was born full term thanks to support from March of Dimes. With two healthy kids, Roxanne and her husband are both happy and relieved. "Today we just feel incredibly lucky!" says Roxanne.
There are many mothers out there who have shared experiences similar to this one. The research funded by March of Dimes helps each and every one of these mothers. The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. With their help, more babies like Ashton and Caleb will grow up to be happy and healthy kids.
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