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About

Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

National Prematurity Month

I know it seems our calendars are getting crowded with National "blank" Month (or week, or day)...after hearing that Mayor Daley declared "Diddy Day" I realized we need to draw the line somewhere! But, this one's good I promise...

November is National Prematurity Awareness month, and it only feels natural to devote the bulk of this month's blogging to that cause. Through sharing our story hopefully I can bring some awareness and possibly make a difference somewhere, somehow.

Here are some quick facts for you:
  • Any birth before 37 weeks gestation is considered premature
  • Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death
  • 1 in 8 babies (12%) are born premature (and this number is increasing!)
  • Since 1981, the rate of premature birth has increased 29%, accounting for nearly 500,000 babies last year
  • The cause of 50% of premature births is unknown

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  • Blogger Robin says so:
    9:53 AM  

    I went back and reread your story.....beautiful. Simply beautiful. top