On Saturday, April 21 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 Central 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 Forestview Middle School is at 9:00 am. The walk starts at 10:00 am. See you there!
Brian and Tara Debeltz walk in the Brainerd March for Babies in honor of their children, daughter Ivy and twins Brody and Bryleigh, all born premature. Daughter Ivy was born 5 weeks early and was fortunate not to require any extra time in the hospital. It was a different story for their twins.
Born six weeks early in November of 2011, Brody and Bryleigh needed time to grow bigger and stronger in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). It was hours before Tara could hold her new babies. “
They felt so teeny-tiny and fragile,” said Tara about the babies two weeks in the NICU. “There is nothing like giving birth and then heading home without your babies. My heart was heavy and I made the one our trip every day to be with them.”
March of Dimes was there for the Debeltz family with the NICU Family Support Program at St. Cloud Hospital. NICU Family Support brings information and comfort to families while in the NICU and during the transition home. Through NICU Family Support families have the opportunity to learn infant CPR, take scrap booking and bond with other families and receive a special photo session while in the NICU.
“The March of Dimes was an amazing support system,” said Tara. “We are blessed to have three healthy children. Let’s work together for stronger, healthier babies. Please donate generously to the March for Babies!”