Premature Birth Awareness Month
Awareness has become a great focus for me. Even though November is coming to an end, it does not mean the end of Micro Preemie Monday or the end of Prematurity Awareness. I have a lot more beautiful faces and stories to share with you, and until all babies are born full-term and healthy, I will keep fighting along with our tiny miracles.
There is another cause, though, that I am passionate about. TTTS, or Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, takes more babies’ lives than SIDS each year. It does not discriminate, and can affect a twin pregnancy at any time. (In most cases, an identical twin pregnancy, where the babies share a placenta, but in some rare instances, if the placenta fuses early on, it could happen to a fraternal set too.)
December is TTTS Awareness Month, with World TTTS Day on December 7th. My boys were born early because of complications from TTTS, and I will forever be grateful to The Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Foundation for arming me with knowledge during my pregnancy. Mary, the founder, was a source of comfort and strength for me. She also helped me find a doctor and a support system that saved my boys.
Today, on Thanksgiving, as everyone is thinking about what they are thankful for, I can’t help get a little emotional. I am truly thankful for my family.
In addition to Mary, my doctor, Dr. Julian De Lia, and my doctor, Dr. Worthington, I’m also thankful to all the Neonatologists and Nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital. They all have equal credit in saving my boys’ lives, and helping me make it through a really tough time.
I am also so thankful to everyone who has shared their stories with me and with you for Micro Preemie Mondays. Thank you for helping me raise awareness to premature birth in such a beautiful way.
Thank you to everyone who keeps coming back each Monday to read these stories of hope.
In December, I’m going to be talking a lot about TTTS, and I’d love to share some other stories with you. If you are interested in sharing your story about Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving and spending it with the people you love.