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September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month.
I’m now an Ambassador for SBTSF and I’m very thankful to be apart of this foundation in order to help spread the word.
Even if you aren’t having a baby and have no plans to, someone you know or one of your friends’ friends just might. YOU don’t have to be pregnant…or even a female. You can still make people aware. I thought doing this post might help ……..
A simple, “check to see if the hospital has newborn screening” is all it takes. What’s newborn screening? one might ask back to you. You can reply, “a screening process to make sure your baby is healthy and ready to leave the hospital” — to the point. Also, referencing to our website. “Save Babies dot Org” is an easy option, too!
Believe me, people will never look at you funny for trying to help.
As a reminder, not all hospitals do newborn screenings. Not all states require newborn screenings. Our goal is to change that. Far too many babies go home from the hospital without these screenings and end up being rushed to the hospital or dead in their parents arms. That seems like a harsh statement, but it’s a fact.
You can read more about our goals HERE.
I never, ever thought that we would have a baby with Congenital Heart Defects. Sure, I had heard of the, but they never crossed my mind. Well, turns out 1 in 100 kids have some form of CHD. Thankfully, my doctor found Cohen’s heart was broken while I was pregnant, but many doctor’s don’t. Therefore, once the baby is born, if newborn screening isn’t done, you leave the hospital not being sure your baby is safe. I CANNOT imagine having left the hospital and something happening once we were home.
We just want people to be aware.
****We have created a toolkit for awareness month HERE. It includes the pages below as as well as an advocacy toolkit. There is even a template letter than you can send to the editor of your local newspaper. Why not spread the word that way?
Right now, The Save Babies Through Screen Foundation is partnering with Partners of the Heart for a grant program. Pay $1 to share your happy baby story!
Savebabies.org, our website, has great resources you can utilize to help spread awareness.
We also just launched a site where you can purchase TONS of party supplies! Check out Save Babies Parties HERE.
Please comment or email me with any questions!
Thank you for reading!