Siani Widman Capstone

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The goal of my project was to bring awareness the community and SLA on premature babies. Pre terms births and defects are the leading cause of newborn death in the United States. In Pennsylvania the premature birth is at 11%, majority in young teens and adults. So I wanted to get others informed on the subject in hopes that by 2014 the ratings may potentially decrease. 

I chose premature awareness for this project because it is really important to me. There are many family members, including myself, who were born premature, some did not make it and I know how it feels to wait so long for a child to be brought into the world and only to have it be complicated or taken away from you. When I became apart of March of Dimes I got to see the smiles of families and children's faces as they are able to go around in life with something to fight for. I love to fight with them and with the help of many more, we can really create a change for the better.

Annotated Bibliography

- March of Dimes. (2012). March of dimes. Retrieved from

This website is the main source of information. Includes team and personal blog for donations and fundraising goal.

- March for Babies. (2012). March of Retrieved from

Though this is similar to it’s partnering site, March of Dimes, March for Babies has plenty of resources about prematurity and the research being made behind it. It includes interviews, videos, and list of past and upcoming events.

- The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. (2012, February 19). Facts about prematurity. Retrieved from

I just gives a different perspective on the topic and I found it interesting the information is almost consistant

- LaKisha, Dixon. (n.d.). Interview by Siani Widman [Personal Interview]. Interviewing Kisha., Philadelphia, PA.

I’m going to interview her because she is a registered nurse, and has been apart of the NICU unit for little over a year. Her job is dealing with newborns and those who are premature or with illness.  

- Rose, D. (2010, Sept. 10). March of Dimes. Retrieved from

This is a research site that gives a summary about the March of Dimes foundation and when or who it was established by. The pictures used in the slideshow will be a nice part of my capstone.

- Lee, K. G. (2011, Novemember 14). Premature infant. Retrieved from

I will be using this to get a medical history behind prematurity. Some facts and statistics will be helpful for sharing info among other people.

- Mehren, E. (n.d.). Interview by Allison Martin [Personal Interview]. An interview with elizabeth mehren, author of born too soon., Retrieved from

- Wrape, P. (2000). Prematurity research disproves the theory that preemies catch up by age three. Retrieved from

This site is more of a fun fact kind of site. Plus gives nice information on the technology and how with funding for these types of programs can make a better goal happen.

- Premature birth [Web log message]. (2012, November 7). Retrieved from

This gives another list of facts and treatment for infant babies put in the NICU.