On Saturday, May 5 our community will be walking in March for Babies to give hope to the families of babies born too soon or sick -- more than 7,200 each year in Minnesota alone.
The money we raise will support March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies right here in Southwestern Minnesota.
It funds research to find answers to the serious problems that threaten our babies, like premature birth. Affecting more than half a million babies in our country each year, premature birth is the #1 cause of newborn death and the rate of premature birth continues to rise.
Registration for March for Babies at Brown County Fairgrounds is at 8:30 am. The walk starts at 9:30 am.
Gina and Jason Ludewig walk in New Ulm March for Babies in honor of their son Jayden. Gina and Jason Ludewig of Winthrop were excited to welcome their baby in December, but complications in Gina’s pregnancy forced her to deliver her son 13 weeks early.
After an emergency helicopter ride to Minneapolis and six days in the hospital, Jayden was born weighing only two pounds, six ounces.
“I remember his head was smaller than a tennis ball and he was so skinny,” said Gina about her son.
Jayden spent the first few months of his life fighting in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The March of Dimes led the drive to put NICUs within reach of every baby.
Today, Jayden has complications from being a preemie that affect him. Preterm birth can happen to any pregnant woman. In about half of all cases, the causes are unknown. The March of Dimes has taken on this devastating problem — to find out what causes it and how it can be stopped.
Jayden is an active seven year old who loves spending time outside camping, boating, and tubing. His siblings include 15-year-old Kayla and 4-year-old twins Lauren and Leyton.
“We want to help families like ours by sharing our story and showing them who the March of Dimes helps,” shares Gina. “Anyone can help save a baby’s life by donating to the March of Dimes.”