Funding for Mama on Bedrest: Uplifiting Update

June 15th, 2010

I awoke to a call this morning from the Mama on hospital bed rest. She had her little boy at 1 am at 29 weeks and 3 days gestation.  He weighed in at just 3 lbs. Although he is very small, he seems to be doing very well. However, he will have to remain in the NICU until he is closer in age to his due date-August 28th. It was so nice to hear from her and I was so pleased that she took the time to call me and to update me on her situation. But I was most heartened to hear of her future plans. This is one mama on bed rest who won’t be down for long!

For those who don’t know the story, this very sweet single mama called me several weeks ago to see if I had any financial resources. She had gone into preterm labor at her job as a fast food restaurant manager and her employer was only allowing her 6 weeks of leave. She was 16 weeks away from her due date when she was placed on bed rest.  So this soon to be unemployed, uninsured mama went to work-getting funds for her family that is. She had signed up for Medicare and was now covered for her medical benefits. But she still had no income. We found a couple of emergency grant programs and she actually qualified and received one.

As I spoke with her today, she told me that she wanted more security for her family. She opted to be “let go” from the fast food franchise and to collect unemployment. In the meantime, she is going back to school to earn an EMS certification or Certification in forensic science. These jobs pay far more than her manager’s position, offer benefits, room for advancement and most importantly, support her need to support her children-not only financially, but also to be present and to be a hands on parent.

I have since called her back to advise her of some resources for her son. The first is a new organization run by my friend Kelli Kelley called “A Hand to Hold”. This non-profit organization pairs new parents of preemies with “veteran” preemie parents to help the former navigate the potential perils and pitfalls of raising a premature child. The organization is still in the pre-launch phase but will launch its full list of services and resources for families of preemies in the coming weeks. As part of the launch, they are hosting a discussion night with Dr. Jennifer Gunter, author of the book, The Preemie Primer. The meeting is free and I think that the information and resources this mama will come away with will serve her for years.

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be involved, even if just a little bit, in this mamas pregnancy journey and I am most heartened that it seems to be having a happy ending.

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