As each year passes, many months represent something or a cause that many people can find a personal relation to in one way or another. This month, November, marks Prematurity Awareness Month which is something I can personally relate to as well as many mother’s I know.
My brother (now a 23 year old healthy man) was born very premature and I remember as a young child visiting him in the hospital and watching my baby brother through the glass wall hooked up to countless monitor’s and cords. As a mother, I thank God everyday I have been blessed with two healthy babies born at 37 and 38 weeks and I pray for the mother’s who are facing their weak and tiny premature babies as they fight to get stronger and survive.
In honor of National Prematurity Awareness Month and Neonatal healthcare professionals nationwide, Medela will host a virtual Human Milk (breastmilk) Collection Campaign. As part of this initiative, Medela will donate $30,000 worth of breastfeeding support products to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across the country – helping moms provide their premature babies with all the benefits of breastmilk. Throughout the month of November, you can vote for your preferred NICU at www.medelapreemieawareness.com. Six NICUs will receive at least $5,000 worth of Medela products or education services for their facilities to help enable moms to provide the life-saving benefits of breastmilk to their babies.
If you want to be a part of this virtual movement to help raise money for the NICO at six different hospitals, even just for registering, you can add 1mL to the Virtual Human Milk Collection Campaign!
Throughout November, you can register on Medela’s website and vote for a NICU to win. One Nicu from six regions will receive $5,000 worht of Medela products or education services for their facility.
The Benefits of Breastmilk
Breastmilk gives many benefits to your baby, including helping them build a stronger immune system, which is why breastmilk is so important for premature babies. You can read more about the importance of breastmilk and why it can be so beneficial to premautre babies here.
How You Can Be a Part of the Campaign
It’s simple! All you have to do is register and vote! I voted for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (cHaD) in Lebanon, NH to win, because several members of my family have been cared for here. My brother was born at the old location of this hospital and he has grown into such a healthy adult, I would love to see this hospital from my hometown win this campaign!
Leave me a comment, I would love to hear you voted for!