Saving premature babies one stitch at a time

What would you do if your baby weighed less than 4 pounds?
How would you clothe a baby too small for newborn sized clothing?
What if doll clothing was the only type of clothes that would fit your baby?

In a room where everything is too big; the hospital bed, gowns, beds, blankets, and baby bottles. Bite-sized hats made specifically for premature babies offer hope and warmth to the families who love and care for them.

Key facts

  • Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and this number is rising.
  • Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, responsible for nearly 1 million deaths in 2013.
  • Three-quarters of them could be saved with current, cost-effective interventions.
  • Across 184 countries, the rate of preterm birth ranges from 5% to 18% of babies born.

Join us.
Knit with us.
Help us provide warmth and hope to premature babies and their families.
PreciousPreemieProject.com

Fix the Toaster: Distracted Driving

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First of all a big thank you to MamasHealth for allowing Fix The Toaster to contribute a guest post here today.

Fix The Toaster is a passion project of mine I launched in August of 2012. It is a site that is aimed at bringing discussion to the fact that so many people are dying in car crashes and a lot of these are preventable. That fact really eats me up. What bothers me even more is that is seems as if we Americans have just accepted the high amount of car crashes as a given.

I hate headlines that say “Car Loses Control!” Cars don’t lose control, we have lost control.

Car crashes are the #1 cause of death to people under 30. We worry about pools, guns, etc. But I do not see us worrying about what is actually the biggest even killing our kids right now. Us. Our irresponsible, fatalistic approach to car crashes is, well frankly, pathetic.

There is so much that we can do to lower the amount of loved ones dying in crashes and yet we simply are not doing it. It is not just teenagers. Statistics say adults are using their phones while driving even more then teens.

We all know texting while driving is dangerous.

Did you know that using your phone to talk is dangerous as well? (the equivalent of drunk driving)

Did you also know that using handfree is still dangerous?

Yep. Sorry to rain on your parade but the truth is we should just be driving when we drive. We are operating a ton of weight that has the ability to kill people quite easily. Tailgating and speeding are big factors in crashes as well.

The teen brain is wired differently. So I implore you moms and dads to STOP using your phone while driving. Just pay attention.

Pretty simple really.

We wear ribbons for causes, hold races, raise money to find cures and yet we know the cure here. Or at least a big part of it. Pay attention. Spread the word, bring up discussion with your family. Email your PTA president or your principal and ask that they email the school and implore parents NOT to use their phones while in the carpool lane or ever.

Lead by example.

There is an epidemic going on that is being accepted. It is time for change.

Safe driving everyone!

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Need a little Vegan Inspiration?

Real Food Daily, Southern California’s premier vegan restaurant is hosting a Blood Drive to help Huntington Hospital. As a thank you, Real Food Daily will treat each blood donor to a lunch or dinner meal of their choice.

Share your hat pattern with us

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Mama plants 1365 trees today

Each month Mama plants 1 tree for each of our Facebook fans. Help Mama protect the environment and become one of our Facebook Fans.

Mother Nature will thank you.

– Mama

Good News! A store clerk gets a life-saving gift while working

This story bought tears to my eyes. Kindness can change the world, one person at a time.

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Mama wants her broccoli: viral veggie campaign

Have you ever seen an ad for broccoli on USA Today? Carrots on WSJ? A 30 second clip for Spinach on Nickelodian? Neither have I. We want to change that. We are looking for graphic designers who are interested in creating a viral veggie campaign with MamasHealth.

Give us a shout!

– Mama

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