Its 5:57 am. I'm funneling in coffee after a long night of being 'on call' every 2 hours for the delivery of food and soothing to my sweet Baby Bird. As I gradually come to awareness, I realize that this morning the news is discussing the sad discovery of a newborn infant in a garbage bag on the side of the road.
Please understand that my state (GA) does have a provision for mothers to turn over their infants-- supposedly, no questions asked-- if they deliver them and for some reason cannot keep them. However, this provision is rarely publicized and in all honesty, I've never seen it proactively publicized anywhere. Instead, I've just heard about it when something like this happens... and then-- its a little too late.
Now, I'm not so stupid as to not know that having a child completely change one's life. However, it is not until one actually experiences it that you become fully versed in all the many changes, big and small. As a person who does fine with change that I can predict, I must admit that I have had times of feeling overwhelmed when looking forward to all the many 'potential" changes that are ahead. However , the story this morning on the news caused me to pause, step back and thank my lucky stars that I have 1. a wonderful spouse that is delighted to fully share in this wonderful change in our lives, 2. the luxury of being able to take time away from work to be at Natalie's beck and call, 3. a wonderful support system of family and friends, 4. the financial stability to be able to provide for my child.
Many women and families do not have the luxuries that I have-- namely any sort of support. And I know there are many circumstances besides lack of support that put babies at risk. Single parenthood, abject poverty, working poverty, job loss, car trouble, or illness can happen to anyone and can strain a family financially. I'm sure just one of these can make an already overwhelming situation seem absolutely hopeless and heartbreaking. While I don't know the circumstances that led to the tragic end of life spoken about this morning on the news, I'm sure that the mother of that infant must have felt (and continues to feel) excruciating hopelessness and immense distress upon the birth of her child. So... in an effort to allay some of my deep sadness that such suffering exists in the presence of such a precious gift, I wanted to highlight a good cause that helps provide for a basic need for infants.
Based in Oklahoma, Infant Crisis Services is an organization that provides food, formula, diapers, clothes and other basic necessities for over 900 infants and children a month--- 65% of those served were single parent homes. They bridge the gap in government programs that don’t provide diapers or certain medically prescribed formulas and sometimes require waiting periods during a critical time in a baby’s development. Amazingly, the organization relies solely on the generosity of the community and private donors, as they receive no state, federal or United Way funding.
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Mail check or money order to:
Infant Crisis Services, Inc.
1933 N.W. 39th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
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