• Every Baby Matters. Every Trimester.

    6 weeks
    "My heart beats 150-160 beats per minute."
    This little one has won the lottery of life! A woman is born with 1 to 2 millions eggs at birth¹. If mom is 35 or older, her chances of getting pregnant are only 15-20% in a given month². But, this little one will need a lot more luck to actually be born!

    The first trimester is centered around brain and critical organ development. The neural tube, spinal cord, brain, and nerves have already grown in place. Arm and leg buds are present. Facial features have begun to grow. Baby is fighting all odds to grow rapidly. If the uterus finds flaws, baby may be rejected. The older mom is (45+), the greater the odds are against the growing baby. Cells are dividing into hundreds of news cells per minute to develop inner ears, kidneys, liver, lungs, pituitary gland (growth gland), throat organs and primitive cells that will form the gender of the baby.

    sources: ¹Parents.com, ² Conceive Please.com
  • Every Baby Matters. Every Trimester.

    8 weeks
    "I love my tiny toes and fingers. Twirling around is fun!"
    Baby is the size of a raspberry and has discovered the gift of movement! Baby is wiggling his/her arms and legs like crazy, but mom won't feel it until baby gets bigger¹! The color baby's eyes are developing with the retina this week! The gender organs are developing this week, though ultrasound will not be able to detect it for 10 more weeks. There is a lot the ultrasound cannot yet detect- like baby's taste buds, quickly developing brain and essential organs.

    Believe it or not, but researchers have found the baby can now sense forms of pain. This becomes more pronounced as nerve receptors continue to develop in the baby's body. By 15 weeks, baby can feel many types of pain because the main nerve receptors in the skin are in developed. In 2016, Utah passed a law that required doctors to give anesthesia to fetuses 20 weeks or later before aborting².

    sources: ¹What to Expect, ²Live Science
  • Every Baby Matters. Every Trimester.

    12 weeks
    "I love sucking my thumb; it comforts me."
    Baby is the size of a plum and will continue to double in size each week!¹ Baby's toes and fingers are now fully developed. baby can now open and close those tiny fingers and curl his/her toes! Hair and finger/toenails are beginning to grow in.
    By now, the baby is very aware of its surroundings. It is developing a preference in sleep positions as its legs and arms elongate this week! It is able to discover its thumb as it practices swallowing and yawning, which develop the lungs & digestive tract. Baby's kidneys are beginning to work and produce urine.
    Baby's bone and cartilage are forming. Bone marrow is now producing white blood cells to help it fight infection² .
    Chance of miscarriage now drops to 4% or less, in most women³.

    sources: ¹The Bump , ² What to Expect , ³Datayze
  • Every Baby Matters. Every Trimester.

    16 weeks
    "I just heard Mama's voice- it's beautiful!"
    Baby is the size of an avocado and growing in amazing ways! By now, the baby has perfectly developed outer ears. Baby's fingers have perfect nails which start to grow. A sucking reflex is now instinctive which all infants are born with. Baby is learning the sound of its mother and father's voice, which it will recognize when born. It may love falling asleep to soothing music¹.

    Baby may seem small, but don't be fooled. It's no china doll- baby's heart pumps 25 quarts of blood a day²! Baby's bones are hardening and it's immune system can support itself! The last bit of internal development will take place over the next 12 weeks, then baby's job is to pack on the pounds to prepare for birth!

    sources: ¹The Bump , ² What to Expect
  • Every Baby Matters. Every Trimester.

    20 weeks
    "My skin is developing many layers. I can now smile!"
    Baby is the size of a banana. Baby's skin is no longer translucent since the epidermis has started to develop. Vernix caseosa, a greasy, white, cheese-like coating now coats baby and protects the skin from being wrinkled at birth¹. Baby's has fully developed one-of-a-kind fingerprints. Baby is big enough for mom to feel movement for the first time!

    Baby's lungs are under crucial development. Baby is working hard to develop mouth and throat muscles by thumb-sucking. Swallowing amniotic fluid will help mature baby's lungs². Fat stores are beginning to help the baby grow strong for delivery.

    sources: ¹The Bump , ² What to Expect
  • Now you've watch me grow. Please help me!

    Most states see babies under 24 weeks as "not viable" and lack research to do much. While most babies cannot survive birth during this time, research and support would prolong a pregnancy which would vastly decrease fetal morality rate. Currently, it is standard policy to deny the baby antibiotics or life-saving procedures to protect the baby or mother from infection. Doctors recommend termination if waters rupture early, even if the baby's heartbeat is strong. This is unlikely to change because abortion laws require minimal fetal rights to protect doctors and justify procedures.

    Now that you know, is this baby worth research to be saved?
meet the miracles of PPROM
May 14, 2021
PPROM Survivor: Landon

"This was my first pregnancy and my water broke at just under 31 weeks gestation and at the height of the COVID outbreak. I was hospitalized for 30 days without any visitors allowed before I was induced at 35 weeks. My son was born weighing in at 4 lbs 8 oz and 19 inches long. […]

March 19, 2021
PPROM Survivor: Indiana Brooke

"Indi is doing amazingly. She needed some breathing support for the first two hours of her life in nicu then she was moved to special care after one day. She was in incubator and needed blue light for jaundice 3 times. Now she is smiling and a very happy baby. No issues with her health. […]

March 19, 2021
PPROM Survivor: Kerigan Hope

"My daughter was born at 23.6 and pprom at 19.1 and just had her first birthday last Thursday. Hopefully getting off oxygen tomorrow! I made a video for her birthday here: https://youtu.be/foyAS0xuo_U " - Livia Berg Knipp @ Valour Foundation. All images and content are copyright. Please do not copy without permission.

March 19, 2021
PPROM Survivor: Rylee Olivia Parker

"Rylee Olivia parker, is now 5 months old, I PPROMED at 22+6, the first doc said there was a infection and get ready to labour her that night, lucky I had the cervical cerclarge and it got stuck so I had to go to theatre and another surgeon found no infection so we were told […]

"Considerable information shows that bacterial vaginosis can be strongly associated with preterm premature rupture of membranes as well as preterm labor and birth (up to 29% risk)".

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Where there is a heartbeat, there is hope. We believe that PPROM is far from a death sentence. We want parents and doctors to know that PPROM has the potential to show astounding turnaround with antibiotic therapy and early medical intervention. We want to empower parents to choose life and not to feel fear or abandoned if they choose to give their baby a chance. It is your body, your baby and your choice.  You are not alone. Currently, the medical standard of fetus viability (fetus before 21 weeks) stands between babies and life saving treatments who are impacted by PPROM below 21 weeks. This needs to change. Studies show antibiotic therapy has confounding positive impacts on PPROM when implemented early, or within the first 7 days of rupture. Babies can survive.

There is a common link between BV and PPROM. Roughly 30% of women have BV and have no clue. PPROM is also linked to any inflammatory diseases during pregnancy, which should be resolved quickly to avoid PPROM. BV is easily resolved with antibiotic therapy. 

We are dedicated to positive encouragement. Our content primarily revolves around messages that provide strength, healing and love in memory of Valour Hudson (RIP 2018). There is a deficit of positive messages to be shared with the diagnosis with PPROM, and our foundation is tailored to change the narrative to offer strength and encouragement, no matter what you are going through. Our foundation will always be an oasis that welcomes the withered in from the storm. 

This is the legacy of Valour and his message to everyone from all walks of life. You are loved. You are strong. You are not alone.

Valour foundation

PPROM & BV Awareness

The Valour Foundation was created to bring awareness to about PPROM and its connection with BV. It offers support and hope to parents dealing with PPROM, because every baby matters, every trimester.
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