Why I don’t have Time for Time’s noise
So many of you have asked why I’ve not jumped into the messy, mud-slinging mom v. mom little news-cycle drama that Time Magazine has set-up with this week’s cover story.
The why is simple — I’ve been busy with a REAL STORY. I have been celebrating five-years of fighting for improved pediatric emergency medicine and care for babies and children. I have been busy being honored for fighting for something that is not an outlier issue or something inflammatory – but rather at the CORE of parenting. There is a real crisis in Pediatric Emergency Medicine in this country. I have been working with the R Baby Foundation (and you should be to).
So Time Magazine – try this cover story:
What you Don’t Know About Emergency Rooms Could Cost Your Baby’s Life
That’s Right: Nearly 90 Percent Of Americans Are Not Aware That Most Emergency Departments Are Not Prepared For Babies Or Children
Truly, they are not – these numbers were released in a survey this week by the R Baby Foundation.
The survey showed that close to 100 percent of the Americans surveyed said they would expect that if an Emergency Department (ED) said they were a Pediatric Emergency Department (PED) they would have pediatric emergency specialists as well as the appropriate supplies and equipment ready. However, this is not the case for many families across our country today. All PEDs are not created equal. There are varying degrees of trained specialists, equipment and supplies.
And there are volumes of research to support what we know to be true — until the crisis in pediatric emergency departments across the US are fixed we are ALL at risk.
Regardless of circumstance, geography, race, educational levels, income, etc. REGARDLESS- as long as we don’t know that emergency rooms are not prepared for our babies and children we are all at risk.
Help by signing this petition.
And Time Magazine – thanks in advance for the coverage of the one issue that affects all parents, unifies them and calls them to action for the greater good (oh and it will sell magazines too, I am sure).