Every so often on the blog I like to highlight charities that are doing fantastic work helping babies, kids and families. Helping others gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling. It’s also the right thing to do. I want my tornadoes to know that the world shouldn’t be all about “me, me, me”.
As crazy and spirited as my two tornadoes are, I treasure them with every beat of my heart. I count myself incredibly lucky that their entry into this world was a smooth one. I know however that this isn’t the case for many parents. I’ve seen friends experience premature births and it is heart wrenching. It’s for this reason that I jumped at the chance to participate in the annual Walk for Prems event supported by Medela.
To try to even understand what it’s like to have a baby born premature or sick I asked my friend Mrs T. She graciously agreed to share her experience and relive times she doesn’t often take herself back to:
Both our (now very healthy) daughters were born 10 weeks early in 2005 and 2007. The first time, after expecting to deliver in a private hospital after a normal pregnancy, I was rushed to hospital for an emergency cesarean. I did everything right – there was no way to predict this or prevent it. Miss B weighed 1100 grams and it was two days before we were able to touch her or hold her.
Heart issues, lung issues, inability to breathe and feed requiring ventilation and feeding tubes, lumbar punctures, daily injections, infections – so many ups and downs and moments of real terror. You never forget holding your baby while they turn blue over and over again. Fortunately for us, our babies had access to a team of specialists, modern equipment and 24 hour care, all of which saved their lives. As parents we were provided with support and ongoing information which was critical for us during the time in hospital and after we were home.
I often reflect on how lucky we are to live in a country where this is possible. I would be happy to do anything I can to support this cause and make sure that others have the same hope for their children, regardless of where they are.”
Last weekend, I walked in the Perth walk as part of Team Medela. It was a beautiful 5km stroll along the South Perth foreshore. We were joined by over 200 families, friends and supporters along with thousands of others walking at locations acrosss Australia in support of the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation. At the Perth event, I’d never seen so many twins and triplets in one spot. It certainly got my cluck on seeing all of those gorgeous bubbas!
It was a great day out for a great cause, raising funds to assist and support families of premature and sick babies throughout Australia. The Life’s Little Treasures Foundation want to ensure that no family endures the traumatic and life changing experience of having a premature of sick baby without easy access to critical information and community support to help them through their journey.
Before the walk commenced, everyone paused to show their respect for families whose babies have sadly passed away. Life’s Little Treasures honoured the memory of the babies with the ceremonial release of white doves. It was a beautiful and emotional moment for everyone attending.
Money raised from all walks across the country will go towards providing vital services, such as hospital folders “A guiding hand for families in NICU & Special Care”, hospital support programs, iPhone/android applications, information sessions, telephone support line and parent support network.
Walk for Prems will be back for its 7th year in 2016. To stay up to date with the event you can get social by following Life’s Little Treasures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For other ways you can help this great cause, check out the walk website.
I hope you’ll join me in 2016 for the next Walk for Prems!