Hi, I'm Melissa Middleton. I'm the mom of Alex (deceased), Ben, Callie, and Donovan - all born at 25 weeks. Ben, Callie, and Donovan are now two years old. As a member of the March of Dimes Share community, I want to welcome you.
Share is an incredible resource fueled by caring, helpful individuals who have been where you are now. We go through our journeys together. We understand, at a deeper level than most people on the street, the struggles and triumphs of our babies and what we as parents face every day.
We have family and close friends to support us. So why do we need a support community? Yes, those close to us love us, but they can't always know and understand our experiences. Although we may not know the people on Share, they know what we see, do and feel every day. It is a special healing.
As Share community members, we understand:
We, as parents, learn how to do a lot of things at once: helping professionals understand the needs of our preemies, coordinating providers, paying bills. Sometimes we don't know if any one thing will work out. Talking with other parents, getting feedback and encouragement make a huge difference.
Welcome to Share!