Quite often when browsing online I notice groups or initiatives based in the USA and I wish there was an equivalent in the UK. I had never heard of March of Dimes or Bloggers Unite until a few days ago but when I saw the image above relating to an online event supporting a cause close to my heart (my 2 year old son was born prematurely at 29 weeks) I followed the links to see what was involved in taking part. I initially held off as it was a States based campaign and I thought I might not be eligible to take part. Instead I visited the website for Bliss, the UK’s leading neonatal charity to see if they were doing any similar campaign in conjunction with UK bloggers. So far as I could see, despite their excellent lobbying and campaign work, there was nothing set up up for UK bloggers to promote awareness about premature birth and I put the thought out of my head.
Then this morning, I received my weekly email from the British Mummy Bloggers Network and noticed in the summary the headline, “Blogging for Bliss“. Was this what I had been looking for a few days earlier? Sadly it was not. It was actually a review of a no doubt lovely book for crafty bloggers. Delightful I’m sure, and indeed there could be a link with said bloggers knitting and crocheting preemie baby outfits but there was no connection to Bliss the charity.
But the thought was back in my head now and on seeing another banner promoting the event today I’ve decided to register and take part. So I’m from the UK? Does that matter? I will be compiling a post, to be published on November 17th, about my experience having a premature baby.
I hope you will make a note to return to my blog and read my post for this event.
Readers in the UK may like to see this week’s ITV Tonight programme “Babies born too soon” hosted by Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh about the rise of premature birth in the UK.
If you would like to take part in the March of Dimes Fight for Preemies blogging event yourself please visit the relevant Bloggers Unite page here.