Having a baby born early can mean a long journey for the little ones and their families. One organization has helped all babies get a healthy start since the 1930′s when it funded research for a polio vaccine. Now, March of Dimes is focusing on a growing problem.
Three year-old Caroline was anything but big when she came into this world with her brother Logan. Dad Mike Vogel says, “They started out barely a pound was Caroline and Logan was just barely three pounds. They were born 27 weeks, so really premature.”
The Vogel twins were about the size of a smartphone. They spent 138 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Mom Melissa Vogel says, “It’s been a long haul for us, the NICU was obviously stressful, but coming home was just as stressful. We had a lot of feeding issues and had to go to Iowa City for feeding therapy.”