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Comments Count! One Reader’s Has Already Saved Lives.

By Isabel Kallman

This post is my contribution to the UN Foundation’s Shot @ Life Blog Relay. Thirty bloggers are participating in this relay and I’m #6. The first 1,500 comments left on the previous five relay posts have already raised $30,000 for childhood vaccines ($20 per comment) in a matter of days! $20 is what it costs for one child to receive four life-saving vaccines: measles, pneumonia, diarrhea and polio; preventable diseases like these take the life of a child every 20 seconds. Even though the initial donation has already been reached, new fundraising efforts have been started (like by Anne Geddes) to continue to match each comment with $20. [Update: a new donor has stepped in and contributed $170,000 in extra funding to match comments left throughout the Shot @ Life Blog Relay. So the comments left already on this post did count. You raised $2,000+ already!!! Thank you. In addition to the original $30,000 funding, a total of 10,000 vaccines (worth $200k) will be provided if y’all keep commenting on THIS POST (that is new) and relay members’ posts through the end of the month. Each one of your comments means $20 in vaccines are donated. YAYAY!]

As part of the Shot @ Life Blog Relay, the 30 of us bloggers are writing about someone whose comments have lifted us and/or inspired us in our blogging journey. When I read our blog relay challenge, my mind immediately jumped to a post written several years ago by Amalah on her Pregnancy Calendar.

Amalah is the pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch, who has contributed to our site from day one. During her second pregnancy with her now preschooler son Ezra, I asked Amy to write about it in the form of a weekly pregnancy calendar. It was an instant hit and continues to be a source of great information and inspiration to expectant moms even years later.

During “Week 32” of Amalah’s Pregnancy Calendar, Amy focused on pre-term labor and emergency visits to the hospital. She tells the story of visiting Labor & Delivery during the evening and how she, too, grappled with the common should-I-shouldn’t-I-go to the emergency room that many expectant moms face. BUT! Amy’s common sense words and authoritative, yet friendly, tone said it all:

And then, came the most important reader comment that we have ever received at Alpha Mom:

That comment, combined with Amalah’s trusty advice, led to this:

AND this:

AND, we received an email from a mom sharing that she too went to the hospital based on remembering these words and it saved the lives of her and her newborn.

I can’t tell you how proud I am of Amy for her writing here on Alpha Mom. But that one Pregnancy Calendar entry, that one comment from Lauren, that has saved lives. Damn, that brings tears to my eyes.

You guys are essential to making this place helpful. You push us to make sure we’re thinking critically about things. You add perspective to what we share. Your words, your comments count.

Thank you.

But, I’m not done yet. Because of this Shot @ Life Blog Relay you can also help save lives with your comments. As I indicated above, $30,000 has already been raised for vaccines for 1,5000 children in developing countries (in just a few days!) and new funds are currently being raised (like through this effort by famous photographer Anne Geddes) to continue to match the comments you leave here on this post and on other blog relay posts through the month of August.

So please leave a comment and tell us about a blog or website you read where the comments teach and inspire you.

You can leave a comment on the other posts as well. Tomorrow, I’m passing the virtual donations baton to Tiany Davis of Social Savvy Mom. Visit her site and leave a comment there too, and fingers crossed, they will all be funded, giving more children a shot at life.

[Update: starting at 10am EST on Thurs, Aug 9, please continue to leave your comments on this blog as they will CONTINUE TO COUNT for vaccine grant money (there is now funding of and additional $170k for a total of $200k). EACH ONE OF YOUR COMMENTS IS WORTH $20 in children’s vaccines. Thank you for your support!]

Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of Alphamom.com.

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171 Comments
  • What is Social Action? | Ciao Mom

    August 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

    […] and Ana Roca Castro kicked things off during the first week. The relay continues every today with Isabel Kallman and runs until the 31st. You can follow along on twitter at […]

  • Elena

    August 6, 2012 at 7:15 am

    What a story. It is amazing how the interactions of comments can become a blog in and of themselves with the conversations that take place and inspiration that can be gleaned.

    • Natasha

      August 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Great article!

  • Liz

    August 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I am inspired by the comments on Amalah’s Advice Smackdown and at Amalah.com. I appreciate the honesty and advice and humor of Amy and all her commenters.

  • Rachel

    August 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

    As a new mom with very few other mom friends, the comments in Amalah’s smack down posts on alphamom from everything from sleep to breast feeding and more have been such a lifesaver. Thank you Amy and Isabel for all you do!  

  • Jennifer

    August 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

    This is wonderful!

  • Emil

    August 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Wow. I never realized what a blog can contribute with doing. Thanx for sharing this, both story and the impact of a comment, so that I know in the future!

    Didn’t know it was a UN-roof of $30.000, but incredible that this has been reached in the first 5 days. Let’s hope that more funds are found, and that all comments during blogust 🙂

  • Another Jennifer

    August 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I remember reading that calendar post and its comments a few months ago (my daughter is two months old) and tearing up reading it then…and again this morning with this post!

    Although I don’t think I’ve come across any similarly life-saving comments there, I’m frequently helped and/or inspired by the comments at Corporette.com, a fashion and career advice site for women professionals. I have even bookmarked some posts specifically to refer back to the comments, such as one on pumping breastmilk at the office, which had dozens of comments from women on their experience and how they handled logistics.

  • adrienne

    August 6, 2012 at 9:14 am

    It’s funny how often I turn to the Internet to see if anyone else has had similar issues (and those issues’ outcomes).

    Comments based on experience- like the ones in your story- help us all make more informed decisions.

    Thanks for sponsoring Blogust! What a great way to build awareness of Shot@Life.

    • foxygram

      August 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      First time visiting Alphamom!. There’s a lot to learn here. Thanks for taking part in Blogust.

  • Melanie

    August 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Wow–that was really intense! I praise God that He used your blog to save innocent young lives.

  • Kaitlyn

    August 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Too often women are chalked up to being paranoid and frantic – especially during pregnancy. I really appreciate this no nonsense, listen-to-your-body advice. What an astounding story.

  • mom101

    August 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I just got chills from this post. What a brilliant example of the importance of comments in the blogging community.

    I’m always inspired by the conversation at parenthacks.com. If you want the no holds-barred, serious truth about any parenting topic or trick, with all kinds of perspective, that’s the place to go. I always feel like I leave there thinking, “Ooh – I have to remember that one.

    /$20. Ching!

  • Chrysula

    August 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

    The unbelievable power of online community!!! Now we get to be that resource for mothers in sub-saharan Africa and other vulnerable communities, so that they too, don’t have to bury their children. Thank you Isabel, for a wonderful post reminding us of our humanity and our connectedness.

  • Patricia La Brie

    August 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Wonderful advice to phone your doctor anytime you have a concern. Better safe than sorry!!! Plus how awesome is it that the goal was met so quickly! Keep commenting people!

  • jyl johnson pattee

    August 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Mom to mom sharing and learning is the best… and blogs are a powerful way of creating a safe place for moms to connect. Thanks for creating such an environment on Alpha Mom. You are an inspiration, Isabel!

    xoxo

  • Karen from Chookooloonks

    August 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

    AMAZING stories. And they say blogging isn’t powerful. 🙂

    K.

  • RY

    August 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I’m a new mom to a beautiful two week old baby girl, and it’s been so much harder than I imagined!  I’ve found myself reading comment sections on a few of my favorite blogs, and it’s been really encouraging to hear from mom who are going through the same newborn phase (and made it!).  I have plenty of wonderful people around me who are supporting me at this time, but even so I’ve found that hearing about the experiences of total strangers so comforting. This post in particular encouraged me this week: http://simplemom.net/an-open-letter-to-first-time-mamas-of-newborns/. 

  • Emily McKhann

    August 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Isabel, what a beautiful post! I’ve loved Amy’s posts on Alphamom since the very beginning! Her pregnancy calendar is brilliant and such a gift to expecting moms. Reading her advice here reminds me how lucky I was to not wait too long before heading to the hospital or I would have had my daughter in a cab on the West Side Highway. As it was, I waited too long to call the doctor, who didn’t make it to the hospital in time to do the delivery. All went well with the resident on duty, but my OB’s first question after she walked in and saw the baby in my arms was, ‘And why didn’t you call me sooner?’

    Isabel and Amy, what a fabulous team you two make!

  • amanda

    August 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Great article

  • Dawn

    August 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Jenny Lawson’s blog keeps me going on my darkest days. The way she portrays how awful depression is inspires me to always remember that depression lies and brighter days are coming

    • C

      August 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      The Bloggess is my hero.

  • Jenny L

    August 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I have gone through PPD with both my children and as a result have not been able to nurse for as long as I hoped.  On one particularly dark day I came across a blog post on Postpartum Progress by Katherine Stone (link below). I wept as I read the words of both the post and the comments because it was exactly what I needed to hear.  That day was a low point and a starting point for me and I was able to let go of the guilt and self hate I felt, and start on the road to healing.  It is truly amazing how much impact a blog post or comment can have in the lives of others!

    http://postpartumprogress.com/letting-go-of-guilt-about-not-breastfeeding-postpartum-depression

  • Boston Mamas

    August 6, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Reading this post, and the comment threads, gave me chills. Which is what this is all about. Thank you for doing what you do Isabel! xoxo Christine

  • sashalyn

    August 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

    When my daughter was born with extensive special needs, I was lost. Somehow I stumbled upon @redneckmommy ‘s blog & found a voice to guide me. Although our stories were only marginally similar, her funny, bare bones, often raw approach to sharing her reality really struck a chord with me. I needed that kinship during those very dark days. In addition, her special needs advocacy & her work with Violence Unsilenced continue to inspire me daily. Her blog rocks my world.

  • Lynn Urrutia

    August 6, 2012 at 10:34 am

    What a blessing to mothers and soon to be mothers everywhere that you were postin about your pregnancy. I, now almost 59, had two babies in Europe and had to rely on myself to make the right decisions with no bligs, few books, and no OB until I delivered far away from where we lived. Then i did 4 months of bedrest. How comforting your words must be to those confused, uncertain, trying to do the right thing Moms. I applaud you with a standing ovation, saving lives everywhere to give them a better shot!

  • Suebob

    August 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

    It’s funny, but the commenters at The Bloggess inspire me with their willingness to be silly, to play along with jokes, to make life funny and fun. And then when the rubber meets the road, they can also kick down money for great causes, too.

  • Kelly

    August 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Thank you so much of an example where a comment online has saved lies.

    I volunteer a lot of my time to counter vaccine misinformation on the internet. I hope my comments have saved lives too, even though I would never know. Blogust is great because by leaving a comment I know I’m saving a life.

  • Naomi

    August 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I love being a part of this.  Thanks for encouraging us!

  • Melanie @MelanieMedia

    August 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

    And this is what the blogging community is all about.

  • Myrdin Thompson

    August 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Thank you for this. Tomorrow we celebrate the birth of our first son, but not our first child. When I was in the start of my second trimester with my first pregnancy something was “off” I was physically exhausted, so tired I was sleeping 14 to 15 hours, I was spotting, and I just knew something wasn’t right. I called and the nurses said, that’s normal, don’t worry. I worried. So I called again. and again. and again. Perhaps to just apease me, they scheduled a sonogram. I went in and found that although I was 14 weeks pregnant the baby had died, probably at 10 weeks. I was inconsolable. Instead of delivering a child I was scheduled for a DNC. I remember walking into the bathroom at the office and wailing. My husband was unable to be there. Yes, we went on to have three incredible healthy pregnancies and deliveries, and have three amazing children (my oldest son who turns 14 tomorrow, another son who is 11, and a daughter who is 6). Whenever I talk with women I know about their health, whether it is pregnancy or other concerns, I say “be firm, be strong” I know my body better than anyone else. If something feels off, then it is probably off. Don’t ever dismiss a concern. I’d rather pay for the tests and be proved that my feeling was wrong than sit still and dismiss my intuition only to find much later that I might have been right (if that makes sense). 

  • Amy Graff

    August 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I’m always amazed and inspired by the power of the online community. Thank you for sharing your story and helping to raise money for Shot@Life!

  • Janice

    August 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

    What a wonderful idea to raise money for these poor children. Saving lives and giving great advice to first time Mums. Being a first time Mum is nerve wrecking enough without the constant worry of appearing neurotic.

  • Fran Cherlow

    August 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

    When I was a new Mom, we were sharing in Mommy and Me Groups.  Today we can learn so much on the internet and the community so much larger.  Blessings on all of you at Blogust ’12 and AlphaMom.  We can make a better world for ourselves and our children.  Sent with love.

  • Julie Marsh

    August 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

    When we’re pregnant, we’re the experts regarding how we feel. We may not know *why* we’re not feeling right – it could be nothing, it could be something wrong – and that’s when we call the doctor: to answer the “why.”

    You do so much good, Isabel. This post is a major example of such.

  • Triplezmom

    August 6, 2012 at 11:22 am

    And this is why I love the mommy blogging community and am proud to call myself a “mommy blogger”. 

  • Katherine Stone

    August 6, 2012 at 11:41 am

    This is such a fantastic post. A testament to the power of blogging and sharing our lives in such a public way. I love the real stories from mothers who were so positively affected by what you do here at Alphamom. And now, you’ll be saving more lives through Blogust. Thank you.

    P.S. I’m so glad I was able to spend a little bit of time with you, Isabel, and Amalah, in NYC. 

  • traceyclark

    August 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    wow! this is a perfect example of how what we are all doing as bloggers and as mothers matters so so much. so honored to be a part of Blogust with you! xo

  • roadsy

    August 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I read Amalah’s advice smackdown religiously. She is my favorite resource for everything Mom. Thank you for being a voice of reason and keepin’ it ‘real’. And what a great cause!

  • Michele

    August 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Wow, that’s truly an amazing story. I love people who use their influence as a way to lead in a positive way. Kudos to Amy, you changed lives with just a few keystrokes!!

  • Tiany

    August 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I can attest to the power of comments within a community, amazing, I have seen this type of scenario take place over and over again across the web. Love it!

  • Mara

    August 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Hooray for the message of calling the doctor if you’re worried! I almost lost my first child to preterm labor at 23 weeks because I didn’t want to be a bother. Thankfully, after I got to work that day, I had second thoughts and called my doctor, who told me to come in immediately.

    That child is sitting a few feet away from me, watching TV and eating pretzels and I couldn’t be happier that I trusted my instincts and made that phone call.

    And hooray for raising money for lifesaving vaccinations! Every child we can get vaccinate will protect so many people around them…and even our own children.

  • Linnea

    August 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Incredible stories! Thanks for sharing and for calling attention to this important cause.

  • Sue Leavitt

    August 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I wish the internet had been available when I had my 3 kids 29, 26 and 23 years ago. Living in a city far from mom and family, it would have been wonderful to have a virtual community with whom to share experiences, fears, revelations, etc. The number of women I know who have kept pregnancy blogs, is remarkable. They, their friends and families all get something from them.

  • Serena

    August 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing this story and participating in such a great campaign.

  • Jeannine

    August 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    What an amazing post to read on this Monday morning. I am continued to be inspired by this entire community and all of it’s powerful voices. Thank you for this post!

  • Cari Thompson

    August 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! And thanks a lot for making me cry. 😉 I’m so glad there are blogs like yours saving lives and giving women confidence to make good choices.

  • Jarret Schlaff

    August 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    So many powerful comments on here. So glad I can take part in such an amazing event. I will keep this in mind when I am ready to have kids of my own. It’s better to be safe and over cautious than concerned about being a pest.

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Rachel Fox

    August 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    For six years I was an after-hours telephone triage nurse for a busy group of pediatricians. I had many middle of the night calls with concerned parents. The commenter, Lauren, was absolutely right–never feel bad to call! The online community is a great place for that extra reassurance that you are not alone…..just as this Blogust relay is doing for moms all around the world!!

  • Sherri

    August 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    It is great that you are supporting pregnant mom’s intuition and concerns. Keep up the good work.

  • Marisa J.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Such amazing comments in that post, truly touching to see how not only blog posts but the comments people leave behind can make such an impact.

  • Claire

    August 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I remember reading that 32-week post and Lauren’s comment, and it made me tear up again reading them today. I often read articles on breastfeeding and parenting and avoid the comment section because they can be filled with people looking to pick a fight. Alphamom is an exception to this rule – the comments are as good as the posts themselves.

  • Sarah

    August 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I was inspired by amalah.com to use signing time to help communicate with my toddler.

  • Tanis the Redneck Mommy

    August 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    So fabulous. Whoever says there is no power in this medium is WRONG.

  • Debbie

    August 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    What great examples of how we can support each other in the trenches! Though billions of people have done it, becoming a parent is still a miraculous and overpowering experience. In addition to here, I love Power of Moms for the straight but uplifting viewpoints. 

  • Karen G

    August 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I love Amy and Alphamom as a resource for information, wit, laughter, and, in this case tears. Keep it up guys!

  • Julie

    August 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    It’s sometimes hard to remember that there are other mothers out there, writing — and commenting on — incredible articles like this.  There are several that I read regularly, and it helps so much to know you’re not alone, that there are others struggling with the same issues.  This is indeed a powerful community!

  • Gina

    August 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    As a nurse, yes please always error on the side of caution. Is that how they say it? Anyway, I love the first comment in the post about caring instead of not noticing your baby is not moving for 3 days. Thanks for sharing!

  • Belinda

    August 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Arent’ we funny that we have to be talked into lobbing for ourselves, when we have kids we lobby for them non-stop.  Thanks for this article, I will keep it in mind as I  head into 2nd trimester.

  • Tanya

    August 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    It’s actually good advice for parents in general, not just about going to the hospital when you are pregant. We shouldn’t feel shy, embarrassed or, whatever, unpolitically correct, about sticking up for ourselves or our children in any situation. SInce having my son, I’ve taken the liberty to speak up when I know I wouldn’t have before. And I am more harsh with myself now when I don’t than I would have been when it was just me. And I know for dang sure my doctor rolls his eyes when he sees me. But, I don’t care. If I don’t stick up for the two of us, nobody else will. That’s not a role we’re all used to, but it doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

  • Carli

    August 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I’m not a mom. I’m not expecting. I’m not married, engaged, or even close. I am, however, grateful for the mothers around me, and I mourn with the mothers who have lost children. I am most grateful for the wisdom that bloggers like you share with everyone willing to listen. I’m glad that there are articles like this clearly explaining the importance of a woman’s body, especially during pregnancy, because it also represents the great strides humanity has taken in regards to caring for each other and progressing technologically, socially, and culturally. Writing off yourself, as a (pregnant) woman, as being a bother is a terrible trend from the 19th and even 20th centuries. It’s old-fashioned and frankly stupid. 

    Thank you for this encouragement. Thank you for this courage. Thank you for this wisdom. Thank you for this knowledge. And thank you for this community overall. It’s a beautiful thing.

  • MR

    August 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    So true. If you ever have a dr who makes you feel bad for calling, you don’t need to stop calling, you need a new dr!cBetter call 100 times and have it turn out to be nothing than not call 1 time and have it be serious.

  • Virginia Lawrence

    August 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    What a relief to find people championing children who have already been born and need our help.  Keep up the good work!  
    Love from Grandma Gin

  • Jess_C

    August 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    And it doesn’t stop after the baby is born. My twins’ pediatrician always ended each visit with, “Mom, all looks well to me but if you feel it isn’t,do not hesitate to call”. His oft repeated advice and the confidence it gave me likely saved my son’s life when I brought him to the ped’s, he thought a tummy bug was likely but left with the usual ‘call if anything bothers you, Mom’. I did later that day, the ped sent us directly to the ER and turns out my 3 yo’s appendix had burst. Better embarrassed than sorry!

  • Rachel M Riley

    August 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for being a part of the relay! I’m glad I can contribute a small part to it too.

  • magpie

    August 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I like what MR said – if your doctor makes you feel bad or dumb for calling, find a NEW doctor.

  • Lena

    August 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank You for fighting the good fight

  • Jodi

    August 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Never put off til tomorrow what needs to be taken care of today

  • BBS

    August 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you for doing this. It’s a wonderful cause!

  • Kelley

    August 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Yay for community, yay for Amalah’s honesty, yay for us learning to trust ourselves, yay for you being a part of this awesome cause.  Thanks!

  • Stephanie

    August 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I am always told that I read too much. I will not stop because you never know what information will help you down the road.

  • Beth

    August 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    People should never be afraid to speak up with their doctor. An informed patient is a healthy patient! 

  • Rebecca Rider

    August 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    This is so terrific!! 🙂 Glad you are participating!

  • Sue

    August 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    What an amazing story of mothers reaching mothers.  

  • Catherina

    August 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    It is amazing to get feedback about the life you saved with a blogpost and/or comment 🙂

  • Alice

    August 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Being connected saves lives in ways we never imagined before — amazing!

  • Karen

    August 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    How wonderful and amazing that the incredible shrinking world that is the internet can do so much good in the lives of others.  Thank you for sharing these stories and for allowing us all the chance to save a child’s life through vaccination.

  • Lyssa

    August 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I love reading these comments!

  • Holly

    August 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    This campaign is so inspiring.  Comments saving lives. 

  • Martha

    August 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks for helping save lives, near and far!

  • Debbie

    August 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Incredible illustration of how words can change lives!

  • Rebecca S.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I agree–Amalah’s calendar and columns have been such a help to me as a first-time mama–and the comments too.  The community you’ve all built here makes me a better parent every time I read another article.  Thank you all.

  • Kathie

    August 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    You never know when your words or deeds will change a life. Your blog did then … and did again today with the Shot @ Life campaign. Thank you for writing and touching people in such a great way.
    !

  • Crystal O

    August 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you so much for participating. I am learning so much through this process and I am so excited about this innovative way to raise awareness and funding.

  • Susan

    August 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you for participating.  Heather @mamasphor inspires me everyday.

  • Mackenzie

    August 6, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    SO AWESOME! Not ready for pregnancy yet, but when that time comes I will go check out that blog!

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  • Meghan Lynch

    August 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you for supporting this wonderful cause. ALL children deserve a Shot at Life!!!!

  • Leslie

    August 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Amazing and inspiring story!

  • Linda

    August 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    It seems we remember important information much better when it’s in the context of a story. Thank you for sharing yours. It has and will help others, and kids all over the world.

  • Simon

    August 6, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Amazing power of the pen ! Statistically more men than women ignore things they shouldn’t and put off seeing the doctor; so this is a good reminder for all.

  • Capability

    August 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    What a wonderful post – I was not shy to call but it’s because I was so nervous it overrode any shyness. Good message and thank you for participating in Blogust.

  • Jillian

    August 6, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Great stories about moms saving their own babies and then leaving comments to help other moms around the world to save theirs too. All kids deserve a chance, so thanks to all of you for blogging and commenting so they get access to much-needed vaccinations.

  • Chris

    August 7, 2012 at 12:11 am

    The maternity ward folks where I had my babies were used to the false alarms. It was with my youngest that I experience Braxton Hicks (sp?) contractions. I had already had two babies, so it did feel like the real thing. So we rushed to the hospital, only to go home a few hours later… twice.

    The nurses and doctors were not bothered, they just wanted to make sure. They also made sure to tell us was a common.

    Though one pizza place was annoyed because we canceled an order.

    When daughter did decide to make an appearance, it was just two hours from first contraction to birth. Perhaps the false alarms were her practice attempts.

  • Justin Maddox

    August 7, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Hello, miss, and thank you for taking the time to write this contribution. I pray my tardiness in commenting does not disqualify my participation. It is important to me that I help blogust reach as great an amount as possible.

  • Tat

    August 7, 2012 at 1:44 am

    What an amazing story.. it just shows how our stories matter and how they can save someone else.

  • Adrian

    August 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I’ve been trying to keep track of the Blogust entries and comment on each.  Usually its at the last minute, but at least I get in before the wire.  I hope we raise a ton of money for vaccinations!  

  • Liz

    August 7, 2012 at 2:06 am

    This post gives me the chills!

    I’m happy to be a part to help raise money.

  • TBM

    August 7, 2012 at 2:47 am

    This is great! Keep up the good work! 

  • Dona

    August 7, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I love when moms unite, helping one another! And now a chance to help some of the world’s children! Awesome!

  • Ashley

    August 7, 2012 at 8:14 am

    What a wonderful story! It is amazing how even the smallest thing we do can help another person!

  • Krista

    August 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Here is a website that has helped many with Candida.

    My Journey With Candida
    http://myjourneywithcandida.blogspot.com/

  • Yolanda Gordon

    August 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Great post!

  • Jessica @FoundtheMarbles

    August 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    The words and statistics are staggering. I love what the Shot@Life campaign along with the blogging community are doing to make a difference.

  • Jennifer

    August 9, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for this post today!

  • Leah

    August 9, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Great idea!! I’ll comment for that!

  • Lita Coelho

    August 9, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I Just Love IT…
    Keep it ON.

  • Lindsay

    August 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Save the babies!

  • Karen Sugarpants

    August 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I love this! Amazing work – I hope you reach your goal!

  • Chris

    August 9, 2012 at 10:59 am

    The websites I read every day when I was pregnant were Alphamom (Amalah’s pregnancy calendar FTW!) and Offbeat Mama. Lots of support and good advice to read 🙂

  • 'Robin

    August 9, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Kids deserve to be healthy and happy all over the world!

  • Karen OToole

    August 9, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I want to save a life!

  • Kat

    August 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I love reading a blog called Chatting At The Sky. Emily has been blogging for at least as long as I have and she always inspires with both her content and her amazing photos. Love!

  • Mary Lauren

    August 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

    What a wonderful thing you’re doing! I’m happy to comment & share.

  • ats

    August 9, 2012 at 11:44 am

    THIS IS AWESOME> I love good deeds. xoxoxo

  • ats

    August 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

    SO happy to help xo

  • Isabel

    August 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

    The Internet is amazing. This makes me think about all of the moms (and people in general) out there that suffer and not knowning where to turn they look to the Internet. You can always find someone on there who has gone through the same thing and can offer support and encouragement. I marvel at all the amazing postpone I’ve met thanks to the world wide web!

  • Kje

    August 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I’m a long time reader of alpha mom and Amalah in particular. So good that comments can be used for something important.

  • Maira

    August 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    This is fantastic! Isabel, congratulations for creating such an enviroment of community and sharing experiences on your website.
    I’m a big supporter of vaccines and the spread of what science has found to save our children. Women should not be afraid to vaccine their children.

  • Lena

    August 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Even after seven years of watching lives be saved and changed through social media, this gave me chills! Continue to make a difference, Isabel and Amy! x’s and o’s

  • Rachel

    August 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    What touching stories! Thank you for sharing.

  • Angela

    August 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I am inspired every day. What a wonderful story. <3 to Amalah, and <3 to you. 

  • Michelle

    August 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I’m not a bi blog reader but I am totally addicted to Alphamom. If making a comment is all it takes to help a child, then I’ll comment til the cows come home!
    Thank you all for your wonderful, insightful, funny and timely articles. It is always an informative journey here at Alphamom!

  • Meg

    August 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Love seeing that so much money has been raised so far and that these generous folks have stepped up to allow Blogust to raise even more money for these life saving vaccines.

  • Neil

    August 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    It is so great to see how many are participating in this!

  • GinnBee

    August 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I read Alphamom obsessively through my recent pregnancy, and continue to check her posts. I always feel like I’ve gotten a little present when I see a new post. I love this campaign, and am so happy that I can participate. I just took my son for his 4 month vaccines last week, so their value is very fresh in my mind.

  • Hanan

    August 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Gotta love the power of blogging!!

  • Danielle Smith

    August 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    The power of this community inspires me every day.  I am grateful for their words,(your post and the women it helped) and actions – like this…. look at what you and others are doing, Isabel… so grateful to know I am surrounded by people who so believe in doing so much good.  xoxo 

  • Glamamom

    August 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Fabulous Isabel!

  • Susie

    August 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Yaaaaay shot at life! Yay alphamom! 

  • Cin-D

    August 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    This is an amazing thing to help babies!!

    I’ve read several blogs, especially while pregnant to figure out what is “Normal”. Amalah and Alphamom, certainly helped me!!

  • Annie

    August 10, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Wow. Reading those comments really impacted me. I’ve been known to be more of a reader of blogs than a commenter… But I end up reading all those comments that come at the end of a particularly thought-provoking blog too. Thanks, Alphamom (especially Amy) for all the great reads! Oh, and thanks for making this comment count towards more vaccines!

  • karmacita

    August 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Thank you for this post! I am 26 weeks pregnant with twins and it has been an amazing road thus far. I’m learning to trust (and love) my body way more than I ever did pre-pregnancy. I have been worried, though, about conversations with doctors (when to have them, how far to push to make sure I am heard). This post inspires me to stick to my gut feelings and never be afraid to use my voice. Thank you.

  • Chrysula

    August 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I love that the Alpha Mom community is rallying around and continuing to comment! Isabel, you have shown such grace and class here, and I am unbelievably impressed with all you’re doing in the world. 

  • Felisa Hilbert

    August 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I love how the online community is coming together in a easy way to help children get the vaccines they need to get the chance to grow-up healthy.  

  • Andee

    August 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Count me in!

  • Brandy Robertson

    August 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    What a great story/ies! A friend of mind just had a miscarriage and when she experienced some light spotting (which had occurred before with no issue) she contemplated not going to get checked out. Thankfully she did despite the result. 

  • Tereza

    August 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Such an important cause. I support!

  • Jelourai

    August 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I remember getting chills reading Amy’s words and the following comments… she has helped so many women, so much.

  • Shannon

    August 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    This is fabulous!

  • Jordan

    August 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

    What a wonderful story! I can add that, “even if it can never happen to you”, be sure to have your spouse/partner read the part in the baby book about helping with the unexpected home delivery. Despite having my first by c-section, my second with over 26 hours of labor, my third was a very unexpected home delivery and even with a 9 minute response time the EMT’s didn’t make in time for the birth! Fortunately my husband is calm under pressure and the girl at 911 talked him through the delivery and we are all OK.

  • Lauren

    August 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    This is great!

  • emily

    August 12, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I read lots of blogs, and often read the comments for the interesting discussions that takes place, but the one that floors me every time is Mir at Woulda Coulda Shoulda.  She shares with such poignancy the struggles that she has, and the joys as she works hard to be the best mom for Chickie and Monkey, and advocates for them, and – like all of us – gets annoyed with them, too.  Her commenters are overwhelmingly supportive and helpful, and I love when her dad or Otto chime in in the comments, too.  

  • HeatherJ

    August 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for your contribution to this campaign. Moms have always been, and continue to be, strong and important voices for social justice, and I am so glad that this campaign gives us all an opportunity to truly turn our words into action.

  • Jen

    August 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks for contributing to such a great cause. I love reading anything that Amalah writes & sometimes the comments are just as funny & informative as the blog itself. 

  • Jaime

    August 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for contributing to such a great cause.  Together we can make a difference. 

  • Jacqueline

    August 14, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Awesome work guys! Can’t wait to be more involved from Perth Australia!

  • Renee J. Ross

    August 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    What an amazing story and the impact it had on other women gives me the chills. Comments do matter and I am so happy that with this comment another child in a developing country will be immunized! 

  • Jennifer Burden @WorldMomsBlog

    August 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Here’s to saving the life one one more child in the developing world through vaccination! 

    Jen Burden 🙂 

  • Elisa (@AverageAdvocate)

    August 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Yey! This is so exciting! We are all raising money together to help someone! Right now I am pretty much vaccinating a kid to protect them for life! Thanks for being part of this!

  • Fadra

    August 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

    THAT is an amazing story and a true testament to the power of the internet. As for the original story and comments, I had the experience when I was pregnant and DID call the doctor on call who DID treat me like a bother. Luckily, everything was okay but I’ll never forget that treatment and when I ended up requiring a scheduled C-section, I had the luxury of rejecting the date they proposed because I didn’t want THAT doctor to bring my little bo into the world.

  • GCarroll

    August 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Your stories are the very illustration of how powerful this tool–the Internet! I am so glad I circled back around to comment. Happy to be visiting your site! THX for the awesome post!

  • Jeannette

    August 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    This post is a perfect example of why comments count. Not only can they raise money for Shot@Life but just by reading what happened with the preterm labor post I got goosebumps. I had signs of premature labor with both of my pregnancies and was able to deliver at term, but I had many ER visits and was 4 cms dilated at 34 weeks. For anybody who feels weird or that something is wrong with your pregnancy or health, please listen to that voice inside. 

  • Justin Gronfur

    August 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you for being an advocate of such a great cause as Shot@Life and thank you for your blog.

  • Carmen

    August 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Great stories!! Thanks for being a part of this fundraiser, and thanks for your blog!

  • Brandy Robertson

    August 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Comment #2 for me because I just love this idea so much!
    I recently got back from a wonderful weekend in Ottawa Canada with an organisation that is near and dear to my heart. World University Service of Canada (WUSC) works to bring students from refugee camps in Africa and Asia to study in Canadian universities and colleges. I told everyone about Blogust and what a great fundraising initiative it is. What I wouldn’t give to find a generous donor to contribute to WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (SRP) in the same way! I am currently fundraising in my own small way for the SRP by challenging myself to run a half marathon in December and blogging about it here:http://21kforchange.blogspot.c
    Communities, be it online or otherwise, coming together for a cause is just so incredibly inspiring to me!
    Thank you, Isabel, for taking part!

  • Elise

    August 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Such power in sharing our experiences and encouragement with each other virtually – thanks for making that happen!

  • Diana

    August 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    This is a fantastic initiative, raising awareness, raising funds and making it easy for us mouse-potatoes to get involved and help out.
    It should also encourage us to think – and discuss – the necessary education campaigns that should accompany such immunisation drives. There is still a lot of ignorance to be overcome, even in developed countries such as the USA, and unfortunately, we are now also dealing with the backlash of the covert operations in Pakistan that took place under the guise of vaccination campaigns.
    Lots of work to do, but, as the famous proverb says, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
    Thank you for participating!

  • Suebob

    August 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Schmutzie has the best commenters.

  • Julia

    August 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Yay!! Thanks for writing this for Shot@Life. It’s such a great feeling knowing that as I type this right now, I’m saving a child in need. Thanks again.

  • Eva Fannon

    August 27, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Thanks for posting for this great cause!

  • julie w

    August 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

    hope this helps!

  • sonia

    August 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I think all the work you have done, are doing and will do is amazing and very inspiring. Thank you so much for being who you are and doing what you are doing!

  • Adrian

    August 28, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I’m hoping that additional comments count towards the total.  I’m making a second pass through the calendar to catch a few days I missed the first time around.  

  • groovymumma

    August 28, 2012 at 8:21 am

    All the best for your fundraising efforts. 

  • Myriam

    August 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Wow, this might be mostly entertainment, but who said you can’t help while having fun! Keep the vaccines coming!

  • Erica

    August 28, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Go vaccines!  

  • Fawn @ Instead of the Dishes

    August 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Amazing, amazing, amazing.  Thank you for providing such a powerful community to your readers.

  • MA

    August 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I personally love love love the  pregnancy calendar, and had read it all the way through before I even got pregnant with #1, and made my husband read it all the way through before we got pregnant with #1.  

    I am also a huge advocate for vaccines.  The reports coming from california where families are choosing to remain un-vaccinated, and school classrooms with 20%+ of  unvaccinated kids is scary!  We’ve come so close to eradicating these diseases in the US, only to watch them start to make a comeback.  It’s sad to me that so many are willing to gamble their children’s health on bogus, disproven reports.  I hope you gather TONS of comments!

  • Holly

    August 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Alphamom is definitely a place I have turned to for advice over the years! And vaccines are SOOOOO important. Every child should have them!

  • Nancy Johnson Horn (@Nancy_Horn)

    August 31, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I’m so happy you are doing this – Shot@Life is an amazing organization.