Make an Impact for the March of Dimes with Kmart

Disclosure – I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Kmart & March of Dimes. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

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When my quadruplets were born nine years ago they were eight weeks premature. The two girls spent two weeks in NICU and the boys spent four weeks in NICU before we could bring them home. They always take pictures of new babies at the hospital but they waited to take this one until the babies were just about ready to go home so they didn’t have all sorts of tubes sticking out of them anymore. It was a tough pregnancy and a pretty scary time for the whole family.

For that reason I’m really excited to tell you about the March of Dimes and how much they do to help moms have full-terms pregnancies and healthy babies. They research the problems that threaten our babies and work on preventing them, and they rely on donations to do that.

Kmart is the top corporate fundraiser for the March of Dimes and in this, their 32nd consecutive year of supporting the cause, they’ve teamed up with fitness expert Jillian Michaels to kick off their 2015 fundraising campaign. Kmart is a national sponsor of the annual March for Babies walks and the funds raised by Kmart and communities across the country helps support teams of scientists are working at five March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers to discover the causes of premature birth and develop treatments.

Jillian Michaels

You can contribute to the cause at any Kmart store, online at kmart.com/marchofdimes, or you can buy a collectible puppy figurine from Kmart for $5 and $1 from each purchase is donated to March of Dimes. Kmart is also rewarding Shop Your Way customers who give back through June 20th with a coupon for five percent back in points on their next qualifying purchase.

Over the last 31 years Kmart has raised more than $125 million to help advance the work being done by March of Dimes and these efforts have helped reduce the U.S. preterm birth rate in each of the last seven years, which has saved an estimated $12 billion in health care costs.

Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels helped design the exclusive March of Dimes t-shirt this year and two lucky readers will have a chance to win one for themselves! To enter to win just do any or all of the things listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will end at midnight on Saturday, May 9th.

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It’s World Preemie Awareness Day!

Today is World Preemie Awareness Day so I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you about the birth of my now seven year old quadruplets. No known set of quadruplets have ever been born at full term so we knew pretty early on that we would be having preemie babies and we took every precaution we could and listened to all of the doctors orders. I was taking a large handful of specific vitamins every day and I spent nearly six months on bed rest. I was also very lucky to have a supportive husband, mom and mother-in-law who all pitched in to take care of me and our 15 month old son, plus I have the most understanding boss in the world (I’m self-employed!).

Not everyone is as lucky as we were to know in advance and have time to prepare and educate themselves about how to care for preemies and their issues. Have you ever heard of respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus, otherwise known as RSV disease? I hadn’t. I didn’t know that nearly 100% of babies will contract RSV before they reach two years old. I also didn’t know that while most kids will recover in a week or two, premature babies or infants with heart or lung problems are prone to suffering from serious lung infections and hospitalization. There were a number of kids in the ward with RSV while our babies were in NICU and it was very frightening to learn there is no treatment for RSV disease so prevention is critical.

RSV Infographic

The infographic above has lots of interesting tidbits about what RSV is and how you can prevent it, you can click the image for a larger view or visit RSVProtection.com for lots more interesting information about how to protect your family and loved ones.

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.