Introducing the 2013 March of Dimes Ambassador Family

Friday, March 8, 2013

By Caroline Buckley

Special to the Tribune

Like most expectant parents, my husband Luke and I were excited about our first pregnancy.

Things seemed right on track until the doctor noticed Eleanor's growth beginning to slow at the 30-week mark. I was diagnosed with Interuterine Growth Restriction (IUGR), which refers to poor growth of a baby while in the womb and usually results in a birth weight of less than 90 percent of other babies at the same gestational age.

At 33 weeks, the doctor placed me on hospital bed rest for seven days. During that time, I was given two doses of steroid shots in hopes of maturing Eleanor's lungs in case she was delivered prematurely. Eleanor Wright Buckley joined the world at 34 weeks gestation, weighing 3 pounds and 3 ounces. She remained in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for a month, where she received the latest medical treatments including tube feeding, IV fluids, and medications to ensure proper nutrition and growth.

Due to the steroid injections prior to delivery and the quality medical attention she received, Eleanor had minimal breathing problems or other complications at birth. Although we did not plan on having a premature delivery, we couldn't be more thankful to have a healthy little girl.

The March of Dimes supports programs in the community that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies. This organization also funds research to find answers to serious problems that threaten the health of babies. Our family is proud to support the March of Dimes.

Note: You can meet Eleanor and her parents at a 75th Birthday Party to kick off the March for Babies season to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Marshall Medical Center, Lewisburg.

The Walk for Babies will be held Saturday, April 20, at Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg. A 5K run will start at 7 a.m. and the walk will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. For more information, call Brenda Wolaver at 359-6222.