Although the reasons behind prematurity are not completely understood, a premature birth has been correlated with a variety of health issues and risks. For example, a health issue that may lead to neonatal death may include infection. When a baby is born prematurely, their weak immune system can develop infections “such as pneumonia (lung infection), sepsis (blood infection) and meningitis (infection of membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord).” Other health risks that can influence infant mortality rates include health complications with mothers, like high blood pressure and placental difficulties.
In an effort to reduce these causes of premature death and any other unknown causes, March of Dimes created the March for Babies program to help raise money for research so that moms can have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. The March for Babies program allows for families, friends, and communities to join together and march to fundraise for a cure. As for Kerry, she organized the top fundraising family team in her county, and for years, she has raised around $2,500 to donate to the March for Babies fund. Additionally, her son has been a March for Babies ambassador for four years. For over 75 years, volunteers like Kerry and her son have helped push the work of March of Dimes forward, and as a result, they are helping decrease prematurity rates and increase healthy pregnancies and babies. To learn more about March of Dimes or March for Babies or how do donate, visit their websites.
doTERRA Cares is an initiative through which doTERRA International recognizes and raises awareness for Wellness Advocates who contribute to worthy causes worldwide. doTERRA International is thrilled to share Kerry’s success and service and recognizes her as this week’s doTERRA Cares highlight!