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By Brittany Bedi
Posted: Thu 7:32 PM, Nov 17, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Baby bumps were a common sight on the ground of Capital Regional Hospital today, but it may not be from who you’d expect.
More than eight men were recognized at a luncheon for the final day of the March of Dimes’ “Men in Labor” event.
The men took a 12-week journey, where they wore weighted bellies to simulate pregnancy.
They wore the bellies to fundraising events and other activities.
Though the weight was removable, participants, like Oliver Green, noticed the difficulties pregnant women faced.
"I’ve been hot the entire time. I've lost my phone, couldn't tie my shoes, all the things I may not have appreciated before," says Green.
"It really gives you an understanding of what women go through,” says participant, Jason Bench. ”Obviously it's just a touch, and a small snippet, but it does create solidarity with your wife.”
The men volunteered to take on the task, and for some, the March of Dimes is an especially important cause.
Ricky Bell participated in the 12 week pregnancy. His youngest son was born premature, at 29 weeks. He’s now a healthy 12-year-old.
“It helps the kids, it helps their families,” says Bell. “That’s what we need to do when kids are in distress and need help. We need to get out and support as a community.”
Green also said the March of Dimes is a cause that is close to his heart.
"I have twin girls that were in the NICU at 36 weeks and it was just an awesome experience that took place and just a way to give back," says Green.
Participants, like Alex Gonzalez said the process is eye-opening. It taught them about pregnancy, and also about the work and research within the March of Dimes.
"If your mother took folic acid when she was pregnant, then you are a March of Dimes baby, because that's one of the things they founded to research," says Gonzalez.
The “Men in Labor” wrapped their final day on November 17, also known as World Prematurity Day.
Along with a fundraising golf tournament, the “Men in Labor” raised more than $11,000 for the March of Dimes.
See the WCTV video and full article here.
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