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This mama marches for her babies

Many of you have probably met FIT4MOM mama Nicole. You may even have been in a Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre or Body Back class alongside her. But did you know that she is one of our most ardent supporters of the annual March for Babies? This event is very close to Nicole’s heart, so we sat down with her to find out just what it is about the March of Dimes that speaks to Nicole.

First things first – you are very outspoken in your support for the annual March for Babies. Can you tell us why?

All three of our sons were born early – our oldest at 36 weeks, our middle son at 33 and our youngest at 34 weeks. The two oldest were lucky enough to not have to spend time in the NICU, but our youngest spent two weeks in the NICU. He had trouble breathing and was very small for his age. We all received wonderful treatment while he was in there – I felt like they supported my efforts to breastfeed him, and they even held and soothed him when I was rushing back to be with him after spending time with my two other boys.

How does the March of Dimes impact you personally?

They raise awareness and money to help figure out why women go into preterm labor and why it is happening more so now than ever before. I have gone through that three times and I know how I felt – I support efforts that will prevent women from experiencing what I did. March of Dimes hopes to end preterm labor. I am currently expecting baby number four and I hope that this time will be much different!

Has March of Dimes made an impact in your boys’ lives?

They do a lot to help parents of preemies know what to expect, not only when they are in the NICU or an infant, but also as they grow. Premature babies are considered to be an adjusted age until they are two (their age based on their due date), so they often don’t reach all the same milestones at the same time as other babies their age. There is already so much weighing on you as a mom – knowing that your baby is okay and is developing just fine is a huge relief.

What is your family’s experience at the March for Babies? Does everyone participate?

I wish! My husband has been deployed or away at training every year, including this one, so it’ll just be me, three boys and my preggo belly! My oldest says we are walking to save babies lives – the other two are too young – but he knows that we are walking to prevent babies from being born too early and to support the research and raise money. He knows that I care so much about it because he and his brothers were my little preemies. And they ALL have a good time! It is really exciting for them to see so many kids and their friends. We look forward to it every year!

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Join us for the 2014 March for Babies Walk! Saturday April 26th, 2014 @ 8am. We will be meeting at Heritage Park in Olympia.

Click HERE for all the details and ways to donate.

Body Back: Fusion Olympia
302 Columbia St NE
Olympia, WA 98501

Stroller Strides (Late Spring-Fall): Pioneer Park
5801 Henderson Blvd SE
Tumwater, WA 98501

Stroller Strides (Late Winter-Spring): NW High Intensity Training Center
1202 Black Lake Blvd Suite E
Olympia, WA 98502

Fit4Baby: Babies'R Us
1000 Cooper Point Rd SW
Olympia, WA 98502