A Mother's Story
I have been walking with my husband for the March for Babies walk for almost 22 years and Night Moves for almost 3 years. This charity has touched my life due to I was born at Riverside Hospital in Cols. OH 12 weeks early and weighing only 2 pounds. I was quickly transferred to what is now called Nationwide Children's Hospital. I was there for almost 3 months in their NICU. I continued to grow and become a healthy baby.
Fast forward 29 years later, my husband and I were very happy that we were expecting our first baby. Everything seemed normal until my last trimester. I woke up in the middle of the night not feel quite right. I got up and noticed I was bleeding. My husband, Erik rushed to me St. Ann's Hospital in Westerville, OH and with many ultrasounds I was diagnosed with placenta previa. We were very scared for our little baby since I had 8 more weeks to go. However I was blood clotting, losing tons of blood and the baby's heartbeat was dropping. I had an emergency c-section the next morning. Emma Mae Kyre was born on May 30, 2003 weighting 4 lbs 5oz. She was breathing and slightly crying. She was wisked away after I saw her for a few seconds. At that moment, I was not sure I would see her breathing again. I sobbed and prayed for her to survive jus t like I did.
Emma was a survivor and she grew and became a healthy little girl. She was only in the NICU 2 weeks. Emma came home on my 30th birthday! The best gift I could ever receive...a healthy baby girl!
A little over 3 years later I became pregnant with our second child. Due to being a high risk pregnancy, I received a progesterone shot in my hip each week during my last trimester. It worked, I gave birth to our son Ethan and he was a healthy 8 lbs 1 oz baby boy on Aug. 2, 2007. I could not ask for a better outcome!
Emma and I are survivor preemies but without the support and research of March of Dimes, I am not sure about our outcomes. Those progesterone shots truly helped my pregnancy and March of Dimes helped with the research and funding of this drug which helps thousands of women.
Please consider joining our team and walking to support March of Dimes and their continuing support and research for preemies! Emma and I are living proof!
Jamie, Erik, Emma & Ethan Kyre