Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Our Maverick was one of those born too soon.
Our story is still a bit of a mystery, but the important part is that it has a happy ending. I was 2cm dilated before I began showing signs of preterm labor. Thankfully we were able to hold labor off for four days at Women and Childrens Hospital in Mobile, AL. On the fourth day, Mav decided he was ready to come into this world... and he was coming feet first! Due to his breech position, I was rushed to the OR for an emergency C-section. Maverick Reed Gruich came into this world on May 9th, 2014, at 26+6 weeks gestation, weighing 2lbs. 8 oz. That day would begin our 91 day NICU journey. There were ups and downs. There was intubation and re-intubation. There was a blood transfusion and questions of a genetic abnormality. There were heart rate drops up until the very last day he was there and even some after bringing him home. We fully believe Maverick would not be here with us today without the wonderful work of the March of Dimes. We are walking in March for Babies because we want to raise awareness and give other children like Maverick a fighting chance.
We need your help. Please support our walk. Right now, babies need all the help they can get. Premature birth affects about 380,000 babies here in the United States. Our goal is to get the message out about this terrible problem and you can help. Donations are not the only way to help, please share our story and join our team. All are welcome! Thank you for giving babies a healthy start!
With preterm birth rates continuing to rise, the U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, especially for women and babies of color.
At March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement™ you're lifting up communities, creating connections and taking action to make America a more equitable place and ensure that every mom and baby is healthy.
Together, we’re marching to raise funds and awareness to transform the health of all families!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!