Premature Birth

23 Jan
Premature Birth

I have to admit I struggled somewhat on whether or not to make this post, but in the end I decided this is a family blog and this is part of my family story.  Every year since 2011 I have done the March of Dimes: March for Babies walk, my reason for doing so.  My son.

JD BirthHe was born at 29 weeks 6 days and was 2 pounds 13 oz.  He was 14 inches long.  We spent the longest 62 days of my life in the NICU. Cause of his premature birth was a bacterial infection.  At times he struggled to breath.  He had a small hole in his heart, he came close to a blood transfusion for anemia but fought back.  We were among the more lucky premature births.  He had no surgeries and only had to come home on a heart monitor that he wore for a month. Today he is a happy healthy almost 3 year old boy. It was an experience I don’t wish on any family but one we pulled threw just fine. March of Dimes is diligently trying to find a way to stop the birth of premature babies.So I gladly support there cause.

A little about March of Dimes.

March of Dimes, founded in 1938 by President Franklin D Roosevelt, celebrated its 75th year anniversary in 2013. March of Dimes was originally created to help find a cure for polio, and after funding the research that developed a vaccine to combat it, the organization changed its focus to prematurity. In 1970 the March for Babies Event was established.

The March of Dimes spends 76¢ of every dollar raised in March for Babies to support research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives.


If you would like to donated to this worthy cause and to my walk for babies please go to and thank you:



Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Murphy Family


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5 responses to “Premature Birth

  1. marthabernie

    January 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    A subject close to my heart….my youngest grand child, Charlie, was born at 23-l/2 weeks and was not expected to live. Today he is vision impaired, but he is otherwise a happy and healthy 6 year old and just started kindergarten this year…and yes, he is in a regular class with fully sighted kids and is doing just fine.


    • Jessica

      January 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      I am so glad your grandson is doing well. I have learned that premature children and incredible fighters and can do wonderful things!!


  2. Sandra Pineault

    January 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Jessica: what a beautiful story, thank you for sharing it with me! I write a Facebook page for my Church and I would like to include this picture and a short text without names…would that be alright? Sandra Pineault


    • Jessica

      January 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm


      Yes that would be wonderful. Thank you!


  3. Jessica

    February 7, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Reblogged this on Jessica's Family Genealogy and commented:

    March of Dimes is an organization that is close to my heart. This year and every year I walk to raise money. Please help me raise money by clicking the link and giving a small donation. Every dollar helps. Thank you! Jessica



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