As far too many families unfortunately experience, the journey of welcoming our daughter to the world was not an easy one. We knew early on that there would be challenges, but as some of you know, no one can prepare you for the heartache of three failed pregnancy attempts. Shortly after our fourth IVF procedure, my wife experienced severe complications and wound up in the hospital for two weeks. Although not an ideal situation, we finally were able to hear those words we were longing for: “Congratulations, you’re pregnant!”
Our excitement was very short-lived because just 24 weeks later at a routine appointment, we were heartbroken to learn that labor had started prematurely. In what was by far one of the most difficult days of our lives, we were made aware of all the harsh realities and complications premature babies could endure. However two weeks later, just seven minutes into her Mom & Dad’s wedding anniversary, Miracle Mollie was born weighing 1.11lbs.
It is in life’s most difficult moments, that you realize not only how important the support of family, friends are but also how invaluable an organization like March of Dimes really can be. They understand how unprepared you’ll be when you walk through those doors of the NICU for the first time. Everything from the initial shock of the situation, to the bells and whistles of those lifesaving machines, to daily rounds with doctors, but more often than not, the hardest part is simply fearing the unknown. Our March of Dimes coordinator, along with our head nurse, knew just how much of an emotional toll this fear would take and thankfully were there to support us in any and every way they could. This amazing and selfless support enabled us to persevere and believe that everything was going to be OK.
Over the next seventy-three days, our strong, resilient, beautiful baby girl defied all the odds and gave her father the best birthday present he could ever ask for: his baby girl was coming home. Mollie is now 3 years old and her energy and laughter are constant reminders that miracles come in all shapes and sizes. We are deeply humbled and honored to be recognized as the March of Dimes Fund the Mission Family. We genuinely appreciate all the positive work this organization does every day for families like ours and hope that our fairytale ending can be an inspiration to another family who may need it, we sure did.
We sincerely hope that you will consider making a 100% tax deductible gift to “fund the mission” and help March of Dimes continue making a difference in the lives of premature babies and their families, just as they have done for us.
Christopher, Melanie, and Mollie Raymond