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Fast Facts MOD

All my facebook statuses for the Month of March just incase you didn’t catch them.

– Premature birth is a birth before 37 weeks completed gestation.

The rate of premature birth between 1981 and 2003 increased nearly 30% (9.4% to 12.3%). Currently, prematurity affects 1 in 8 babies with approximately 1,367 premature births a day and nearly 500,000 premature births a year in the United States (March of Dimes, 2006).

– According to the March of Dimes (2006), premature birth is the number one obstetric problem in the nation.

– Of all preterm births, most are a result of spontaneous preterm labor, about 25% are a result from early induction of labor or cesarean delivery due to pregnancy complications or health problems, and in nearly 40% of all cases the doctor is unable to determine a cause (March of Dimes, 2007).

– Racial disparities – African American women had the highest preterm birth rate with (17.5%) followed by Hispanic or Latin women (11.4%), white women (10.5%) , and Asian and Pacific Islander women (10.4%) (Healthy People 2010, 2000). Mattison, Damus, Fiore, Petrini, & Alter (2001), note that the disparities in premature birth rates amongst racial and ethic groups have been narrowing, unfortunately, it is due to an increase in the rates of preterm white infants and not due to a decrease in the other racial/ethnic groups.

– Today, premature infants have an increased chance of survival in large due to the advances of technology and the advancement of the medical community. For example, significant expansion of conventional and high-frequency ventilation therapies has taken place over the past decade improving oxygenation in some infants Cryotherapy and diode indirect laser photocoagulation are new therapies that have reduced visual impairment in infants with severe retinopathy of prematurity (when abnormal blood vessels and scar tissue grow over the retina).There have also been alterations in nutrition and feeding of premature infants, including the use of minimal enteral feeding, increased use of human milk and breastfeeding, and earlier introduction of protein and lipids in parenteral solutions.

– Premature infants are born with underdeveloped organs leaving them at an increased risk for disabilities and health complications.

– Possible outcomes include respiratory, gastrointestinal, hearing, vision, neurological, behavioral, emotional, and cognitive problems as well as, mental retardation and cerebral palsy

– Parents of premature infants have heightened levels of stress compared to those of full term parents.

– Substantial emotional and economic costs in their families and communities.

– According to the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center (2005), hospital charges for 25,000 infant stays with a principal diagnosis of prematurity/low birth weight in 2003 totaled $1.9 billion, with an average per stay charge of $77,000 significantly higher than uncomplicated newborn stay costs of $1,700. The March of Dimes estimated the total national hospital bill for inpatient hospital stays with any diagnosis of prematurity/low birth weight for this same year was $18.1 billion.

In 2001, the preterm birth rate was 11.9%, reflecting more than 476,000 newborns and the highest rate ever reported for the U.S. This represents 1 in 8 babies in the U.S. born prematurely.

The rate of preterm birth increased 27% between 1981 and 2001 from 9.4% to 11.9%.

On an average day in the U.S., 1,305 babies are born preterm (before 37 weeks), 213 are born very preterm (before 32 weeks).

Periodontal disease has been associated with preterm births in some studies.

Among racial/ethnic subgroups, preterm birth rates were highest among infants born to black mothers (17.5%) in 2001.

Major risk factors associated with increasing rates of preterm delivery include multiple births, advanced maternal age, induced deliveries and additional factors as yet unknown.

In 2000 prematurity/low birthweight was the leading cause of neonatal mortality in the U.S., accounting for 23% of deaths in the first month of life.

Causes of nearly half of all preterm births are unknown.

Preterm labor can happen to any pregnant woman.


Infections/Inflammation. Studies suggest that premature labor is often triggered by the body’s natural immune response to certain bacterial infections, such as those involving the genital and urinary tracts and fetal membranes. Even infections far away from the reproductive organs, such as periodontal disease, may contribute to premature delivery.

Maternal or fetal stress. Chronic psychosocial stress in the mother or physical stress (such as insufficient blood flow from the placenta) in the fetus appears to result in production of a stress-related hormone called corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). CRH may stimulate production of a cascade of other hormones that trigger uterine contractions and premature delivery.

Bleeding. The uterus may bleed because of problems such as placental abruption (the placenta peels away, partially or almost completely, from the uterine wall before delivery). Bleeding triggers the release of various proteins involved in blood clotting, which also appear to stimulate uterine contractions.

Stretching. The uterus may become overstretched by the presence of two or more babies, excessive amounts of amniotic fluid, or uterine or placental abnormalities, leading to release of chemicals that stimulate uterine contractions.

Three groups of women are at greatest risk of preterm labor and birth:

Women who have had a previous preterm birth
Women who are pregnant with twins, triplets or more
Women with certain uterine or cervical abnormalities

Team Kyson

After my water broke at 31 weeks, I was put on hospital bedrest and given shots of steroids to speed up his lung maturity. And exactly a week later on October 17, 2009 at 32 weeks, I was blessed with my son Kyson Aidan. He was born weighing 4 lbs 15oz, most of which was due to my own size being pretty fluffy. I only got to see him for a few seconds before they rushed him to the NICU for me to not see for about 24 hours. As most parents will tell you, the NICU experience is a rollercoaster ride. The first time I saw him he was under bililights because of his jaundice. He was hooked up to fluids and had a tube in his nose for feeding.

When he turned 34 weeks, he was gradually given bottles in place of his tube feedings. Also that night, they decided that he was finally well enough to come off the bililights. And on Halloween, he was finally put into a crib and I got to feed him his bottle for the first time!! The March of Dimes also let us borrow tiny Halloween costumes and took the babies’ pictures. It was so fun! Then on November 4th, they took out his feeding tube and he was discharged the next day weighing 5 1/2 pounds.

Now Kyson is 5 months old and weighs 12 pounds. He might be small for his age but he’s keeping up just fine when it comes to milestones. He’s even learning to sit up already and LOVES eating greenbeans!!!

Please help our team help other babies born too early or sick so they can come home. Prematurity rates are rising and these babies deserve all the help they can get.


You walk outside and see a dead bird. Being a curious 8 year old, you probably grabbed a stick and poked it. Because you poked the dead bird, are you then responsible for it’s death?

I think I found out why everyone is giving me the stink eye with my March of Dimes. Apparently, not only do they bite the heads off kittens but they force mothers to abort babies. I guess if I went to church more often I would know that because of their “neutral stance on abortion”, I’m supposed to boo and hiss at them. (Exactly why I don’t go to church…. Too much booing and hissing at others instead of praising the Lord. Just sayin.) Before I go on, I want to make this absolutely 100% clear.


But what does it really matter if you are neutral? Is it maybe because the organization is mostly made up of thousands of average people that they don’t have a stance? Do we ask if Ronald McDonald was pro-life? No we eat there after church, can’t boycott that. Is Walmart pro-life? No let’s not mess with them, I’d rather still be able to drive across the street when church gets out and walk around so everyone can see me in my church attire…. And on the sabbath!!

Or is it because they helped develop amniocentesis that detects the possibility of birth defects? Thus causing many people to abort their “defective” babies? Pregnancy in general makes people abort babies too. Let’s stop doing that. They’re not even handed out to everyone. They’re used to diagnose diseases in your unborn baby. I never had one done, though it was suggested when I was hospitalized the third time. You know, since they stab a really long freaking needle through your stomach into your womb to check your fluid!! Um, no?

Personally, I didn’t care if he was sick, I’d love him regardless. But that may not be the case for some people. While it may help some people try to save their baby from having complications, apparently some abort. Since when are people not accountable for their own actions? Next thing you know, people will be complaining that guns kill people….. Wait. They do? Wow congratulations America. Good job.

I realize that I’m skating on thin ice wIth this subject, but can we not just appreciate the fact that they save thousands of lives every year? They are neutral because they’re not one person, nor are they a corporation. March of Dimes workers, volunteers, and walkers are made up of families. Thousands of families who just want to prevent babies from hurting. And that sounds like a pretty good cause to me.

Man Vs Wild – NICU Edition

Another MOD discovery today. I went to add them on myspace and there are more people against MOD for testing on animals than there are actually for the March of Dimes. While I agree it’s sad to test on animals, I’d much rather a few rats or whatever… A unicorn for all I care….. Die or get hurt to save just one child. What has the world come to that we put the health of animals, animals that we would kill if they were found in our houses, above the needs of our children? Do you think that very same lab rat would think twice about chewing on your baby if it got in his crib???? In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need all this. But it’s not perfect. I believe that every animal God put here has a purpose. And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, it’s “kill or be killed”. Evolution. Natural selection. Whatever floats your little boat. A species does what it can to survive. And currently, that’s what it’s doing. To the victor belongs the spoils.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Genesis 1:26

I Dunno, What You Wanna Cure?

The fight for preemies is apparently an uphill battle. I must say, I’m getting a little discouraged. No one really seems to care. I guess everyone has things to worry about but I really didn’t think I would be this ignored by people I call friends and supposed family members. But I don’t really care if I only have $20. I’m walking. I just wish I could make everyone care. I mean this is serious. It kills more people (babies for Gods sake!!!) than breast cancer, it’s the number one killer of babies in the world and it is the cause of 50% of birth defects like cerebral palsy and down syndrome and respiratory problems!! Not to mention the costs to the families. The total hospital bill in the US for ONE year equaled $18.1 BILLION! That is insane!!!! The average new born’s hospital stay is around $2000 while the average NICU baby’s bill is 77,000. Kyson cost us $112,000 which was paid by insurance thank God but he was only there for 17 days. Think how much it would cost for a micropreemie or a baby with major health problems. Take that and the extra care that they need, the special food, equipment and you’ve got a pretty big bill. That’s enough to make any parent nut up. Like me. I wouldn’t call it post traumatic but I’m scared to death of getting pregnant again. I have birth control and condoms and Im still paranoid. I don’t want it to happen again. It’s very scary. I believe I will always have emotional problems because of it. I just can’t handle it. I cry everytime I think about it. And that’s another thing MOD does. They provide support and materials in the NICU that help you understand what happens there, what all the tubes and machines do, gave us books to mark milestones in…. they even helped us celebrate Halloween by providing the entire NICU with costumes and they dressed them up and took their pictures. I guess I just owe them so much and I really want people to see how much they do for people. I mean, these people got it going on. They singlehandedly cured Polio and then looked around and said…. Well what can we cure now? That is amazing!!!


Polio was one of the most dreaded illnesses of the 20th century, and had killed or paralyzed thousands of Americans during the first half of the 20th century. President Franklin D. Roosevelt therefore founded the March of Dimes as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis on January 3, 1938. Roosevelt himself was paralyzed with what at the time was believed to be polio, though it now seems this diagnosis might have been mistaken.

The original purpose of the Foundation was to raise money for polio research and to care for those suffering from the disease. The name emphasized the national, nonpartisan, and public nature of the new organization, as opposed to private foundations established by wealthy families. The effort began with a radio appeal, asking everyone in the nation to contribute a dime (10 cents) to fight polio. “March of Dimes” was originally the name of the annual fundraising event held in January by the Foundation.[1] The name “March of Dimes” for the fundraising campaign was coined by entertainer Eddie Cantor as a play on the popular newsreel feature of the day, The March of Time.[2] Along with Cantor, many top Hollywood, Broadway, radio, and television stars served as promoters of the charity.

When Roosevelt died in office in 1945, he was commemorated by placing his portrait on the dime. By a happy coincidence, this was the only coin in wide circulation which had a purely allegorical figure (Liberty) on the obverse. To put Roosevelt on any other coin would have required displacing a president or founding father. Over the years, the name “March of Dimes” became synonymous with that of the charity and was officially adopted in 1979.

For its first 17 years, the March of Dimes provided support for the work of many innovative and practical polio researchers and virologists. In the post-World War II years, the number of polio cases in the United States increased sharply, making the cause even more urgent. Then, on April 12, 1955 the Poliomyelitis Vaccine Evaluation Center at the University of Michigan held a news conference announcing to the world that the polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk was “safe, potent, and effective.”[3] The largest clinical trial in U.S. history, involving 1.8 million schoolchildren, had shown the vaccine to be 80 to 90 percent effective in preventing paralytic polio.

For a number of years, a national March of Dimes poster child or family was chosen to symbolize those afflicted by the disease. After supporting the development of two successful vaccines against polio (both Jonas Salk’s and Albert Sabin’s research were largely funded by the March of Dimes), the organization, rather than going out of business, decided in 1958 to use its charitable infrastructure to serve mothers and babies with a new mission: to prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. The organization accomplishes this with programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy, along with the annual March for Babies

Marching into March

March is coming up. Kids in schools across the united states will bring a dollar to school so they can wear a hat. Teachers will wear blue jeans on Fridays. I never cared much for hats so I never gave any money. Little did I know that years down the road, I would need to dip into that big bucket Mrs Chapman held in the halls at school faithfully almost everyday. So many times I’d walk pass and never really understood what the big deal was.

No one really pays that much attention to the March of Dimes. Sure, it’s trendy to give to Cancer research. Sometimes fashionable when they make those cute pink teeshirts with the words “feel your boobies” on them. But does anyone ever think about babies fighting for their lives in a hospital bed?? Let me rephrase that…. In a box where in many cases their mommies can’t hold them and where they have tubes in their noses because they can’t eat. And tubes in their throats cause they can’t breathe. And tubes in their arms to pump fluids into them. Hooked up to a machine that beeps every couple of minutes when the baby stops breathing or their heart rate goes up. Left under lamps with no clothes on to try and get rid of the jaundice that could so easily require them a blood transfusion or worse, give them brain damage. A little person so fragile and precious, weighing mere ounces or just a few pounds. Babies who are sick or born with diseases. They could be there for days…. weeks…. months and still need help even after they’re sent home. An innocent life that is already threatened so soon after it is born. What about the babies?

It’s such an unforgettable moment when after nine long months, you are handed a healthy screaming baby. Hearing your child cry for the first time was the happiest moment of your life. You looked down at that tiny face and knew that you would give everything you had for that little baby. Unfortunatly, many of us don’t have that picture perfect experience. Our children are taken away to an ICU where we aren’t even allowed more than glance before they are gone. There’s no bonding, no cuddling, no dad cutting the cord. In many cases you’re not even able to really see them until midnight the next day. Now isn’t that a cause worth fighting for? It is the most painful thing that I have ever been through. That’s why for the whole month of March I’m really going to do my best to make sure everyone is more aware of March of Dimes. You never know when it will happen to you.

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