According to the March of Dimes website — www.marchofdimes.com — folic acid is a B vitamin. If women of childbearing age take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day before and during early pregnancy, it may help reduce their baby’s risk for birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects (NTDs).
Folic acid works only if taken before getting pregnant and during the first few weeks of pregnancy, often before a woman may know she’s pregnant.
“The website helped a lot,” Lori said. “It helped me learn about how to be a healthier mom and how to have healthy babies.”
She said the chat feature and seeing other families’ stories on the website were therapeutic for her. The website helped her want to become involved in the organization.
“I wanted to take our experience and turn it into something positive,” Lori said. “I joined the March of Dimes in January 2011 and did the walk in May 2011.”
The March for Babies is an awareness and fundraising opportunity for the community.
With the support of friends and family, the Hills were able to raise more than $3,000 at the walk.
“We had a lot of support from our family,” Lori said. “It helped me doing the walks.”
Justin said being involved with the March of Dimes has been a good experience, even though it can be sad to hear the stories of the other families.
Another way families have been able to communicate non-verbally is through a system of colored beads they wear at the march. Families who have lost children wear one color, those who have had premature children wear another color, and those whose babies have birth defects wear a third color.
The couple say that the March of Dimes has been very helpful through their grieving process and they hope and pray to have a child when the time is right.