SPRINGDALE, Ark (KNWA)– Premature birth is the leading cause of death of babies in the United States, according to the March of Dimes. Because of this, the organization works to fight for the health of all moms and babies in need across the nation.
In Springdale, Sarah and Shaun Penny felt the impacts of the March of Dimes while Sarah was pregnant with their twin sons.
“At 25 weeks I started having high blood pressure and contractions and so I started high blood pressure medication,” Sarah explained.
She was put on bed rest for 10 weeks as a result of her complications, before she gave birth to the babies prematurely at just under 35 weeks.
“I started bleeding, so I showed up at the ER and the boys were born in the middle of the night. I had a c-section,” Sarah remembered.
It was a frightening time for the Pennys. Their premature babies were admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 12 days.
“I can’t tell you how confident I felt once they told me that everything was okay,” Shaun shared.
The Penny’s attribute their feelings of comfort to the support they have received from the March of Dimes.
“Because I’m so thankful for the great care that we got, I know that if there wasn’t something like March of Dimes who could provide research and education to the healthcare community, they wouldn’t have been able to take care of us the way that they did,” Sarah said.
“Our care didn’t just last through prematurity and birth, but then through our pediatrician and our therapist,” Shaun pointed out.
Now two years later their twin boys are happy and healthy and the Pennys have made it their mission to share their story.
“We got so much good care and love and support, thank you would never be enough,” Sarah said.
Click here for more information about how the March of Dimes helps the community and all the services they provide.