My experience with labour and birth (and the whole pregnancy for that matter) was less than ideal. I won’t get into the gory details here, but suffice it to say, my water broke early, I didn’t go into labour, many tubes, needles, sensors and machines were involved, and eventually it all ended with an urgent C-section.
It was termed a “traumatic” birth.
My son was born at 37 weeks, weighing 5lbs 2oz., at 5:02 in the evening. He was tiny and beautiful. And shaking. By 10pm a neonatal paediatrician came and took him away to the level 3 NICU.
I have never been so terrified in my life. Thankfully, tests showed we were only dealing with low (scary low) blood sugar levels. But they just wouldn’t stabilise. Little Boo spent the first 15 days of his life in the NICU, surrounded by monitors, being fed through tubes and IVs. He had so much blood work done his tiny little heels were a mass of scabs. And there were days it felt like he would never leave that hospital.
But we were lucky. We live in the big city and I could come every day and sit with him, and go home at night to rest. There were other sweet little babies there whose parents just couldn’t do that. I can’t begin to imagine what they were going through.
On May 2, you can help support Ronald McDonald House Canada (RMHC), just by making a purchase at a McDonald’s near you. For every BigMac, Happy Meal, and hot McCafe drink purchased, McDonald’s will donate $1 to local children’s charities, including RMHC.
RMHC provides a home away from home for families while their children receive needed treatment in nearby hospitals. These homes keep families together at a difficult time, allowing children to have the support of their parents during their hospital stays. And allowing parents the security of staying with their kids.
Did you know? McDonald’s Canada covers the entire operating costs of RMHC, so 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to programming. That is a fantastic number!
So, what are you doing Wednesday? Why not stop by McDonald’s for that morning coffee? Or maybe head there with the kids for a special dinner treat? If you can find one with a PlayPlace, you’ll be an even bigger hit with your kids, and you’ll know that your purchase will contribute to a great cause.
Disclosure: I am participating in the #McHappyDay Blogger program through shesconnected.com. A donation to RMHC has been made in my name. No other compensation has been received. All opinions on this blog remain, as always, my own.