The Daviess County March of Dimes March for Babies annual walk is just around the corner and teams are busily collecting money for the annual event that raises money to help fight premature births, birth defects, and other conditions that threaten the health of babies.
Jenny McWilliams, one of the co-chairmen of this year’s event, knows first hand just how much the March of Dimes can help babies in need. “Brodie was born 10 weeks early,” said McWilliams. “My water broke on Oct. 4 and he wasn’t due until Dec. 12.”
Not only was McWilliams’ first child coming into the world much earlier than she anticipated, but her husband, Detective Trent McWilliams, was also away at training at the time. Luckily, for the new parents, their little boy waited three days to come into the world on Oct. 7.
“Brodie was 3 pounds, 10 ounces,” said McWilliams. “He was born at Daviess Community Hospital and then was taken to St. Mary’s NICU where he stayed six weeks.”
McWilliams said little Brodie was given caffeine treatments to treat bradycardia, a condition common in premature babies.
“He would forget to breathe and his heart rate would drop,” said McWilliams who mentioned that she was given steroid treatments prior to Brodie’s birth to help with his lung development. “The caffeine and the steroids injection research both received funding from the March of Dimes,” she added.
Prior to Brodie’s birth, McWilliams said she had walked on a March of Dimes team with her friends so she was familiar with some of their work and research and in 2009 the McWilliams family was asked to be the Ambassador family for that year’s event.
Today Brodie is a happy, big-hearted 5-year-old who currently goes to Miss Barb’s preschool class at Washington Catholic, will start kindergarten at Barr-Reeve in the fall and is a big brother to Brantley.