Northwest Arkansas family, Jonathan and Adrienne Woods, are this year’s mission family for the March of Dimes, meaning they act as ambassadors for the foundation. The March for Babies is set for this Saturday. It’s an event hosted by the March of Dimes that helps fund research for the prevention of infant mortality, prematurity, and birth defects.
This year’s theme this year is to honor those that have been born prematurely, remember those that have lost a loved one, and celebrating those that have made it through premature births.
The Woods tried for four years to conceive a child. After going through in vitro fertilization, they soon found out they were pregnant with twins: Amelia and Henry.
“The day that I found out that I was pregnant, I mean after you are trying for 4 years, it was the most exciting day we’ve had thus far. I had a model pregnancy up until about 30 weeks.” Adrienne Woods said.
At 32 weeks, Woods learned that Amelia was measuring four weeks smaller than Henry. That’s when the doctor told her she was going to have to deliver the babies early.
“At that moment all I could think about was all the babies that you know, didn’t make it or they have severe mental and physical handicaps and so I started crying.”
Thankfully, Woods had a successful delivery but since the babies were born eight weeks premature, they had to stay in neonatal intensive care for six weeks.
“It was the Sunday we were about to check out and I was just a mess because I was having to leave the hospital without a the babies we tried 4 years for and then you know, my preemies, and she said you’re going to pick her up. I said what do you mean we’re going to pick her up? She said there is something powerful about a mother picking up her own child.”
The twins are completely healthy and just celebrated their first birthday a couple of weeks ago. Woods said she hopes other moms can benefit from her story being shared.
“If I can do something for someone else that has been done for me, if I can raise awareness so that another mom at 32 weeks doesn’t have to panic when she’s told that her babies are being born, then that is what it means to us.”
The registration for the March for Babies is Saturday, April 1st at Arvest Ballpark at 9:00 a.m. The walk will start at 10:00 a.m.