Molly and Kevin Roberts; along with their twins: daughter Carrington and son Atticus; have been named Ambassadors for the March of Dimes Southern Oregon Market. Carrington and Atticus were born six weeks too soon, via gestational surrogacy due to preeclampsia. Their story of premature birth has a happy ending, and the family is sharing it to raise awareness for what is the number one killer of babies. They want to promote a story of hope and also stress the need for more research to find the causes and solutions for early deliveries like theirs.
At only 33 weeks gestation, the twins were born 17 minutes apart, resulting in them having different birthdays. For the next 18 days while Corrington and Atticus were in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), struggling with a variety of respiratory and other health issues. The twins were able to come home on the same day and are now thriving.
"I now belong to the NICU PAC team and work as a NICU parent mentor," said Molly Roberts. "I am forming a NICU parent support group to give back and support the Salem Health NICU and past and current NICU parents."
Now two years old, Carrington and Atticus are happy and healthy and love music and doing arts and craft projects -- preferably at the same time.
Did you know ... In an average week in Oregon, 876 babies are born and 67 (7.7%) of them are preterm. Nationally, 9.6% of babies are born too soon.
More than 380,000 babies were born too soon in 2014. Premature birth is the leading cause of death for newborns, and a major cause of childhood disabilities.
About March of Dimes March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.