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What Zoe Saldana Learned About Motherhood In The NICU

Every time you ‘like’ and share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per social action), up to $350,000, via the Global Moms Relay, to help improve the health and well-being of families worldwide in support of Shot@LifeGirl Up, Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, UNICEF USA and Nothing But Nets. More below!

Becoming a mom is a journey like no other. The emotional highs and lows, the stress, the worry, and the desire to protect and nurture. My twin boys, Cy and Bowie, were born premature. When they were in the neonatal intensive care unit I remember looking at their tiny feet and tiny hands and just being overcome by humility and thankfulness. Thankful they were healthy. Thankful that we had access to the best medical care. Thankful to our entire network of family and friends for their support.

#flashbackfriday to a little family time in bed. #FBF #FamilyTime

A photo posted by Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) on

The twins are now 18-months-old and I’m sure just like every mom, I think each toothy smile, hip shaking dance move and babble is the most precious moment on the planet. When they said their first word, Cy “Mama” and Bowie “Papa”, my heart melted. And I’m sure like every mom, I want my boys to grow up happy, healthy and have the opportunity to be the “best” at something. I wish that were true for every child, no matter where they live.

We are raising the next generation of world leaders, scientists, philanthropists and scholars in a time when our planet is experiencing unprecedented humanitarian crises.

We are raising the next generation of world leaders, scientists, philanthropists and scholars in a time when our planet is experiencing unprecedented humanitarian crises. More children than ever are dying at the hands of violence, millions are afflicted by disease, and so many lack opportunity at every turn.

That is why our world’s children need us to get involved and rally for change. Mothers, fathers, and the entire support network must take action to ensure that our hopes and wishes for children around the world do not end in forgotten dreams.

Thank you for the visit…..

A photo posted by Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) on

Change may seem overwhelming, but simple acts like sharing this post will unlock a $1 to support children around the globe- providing access to life-saving immunizations, neonatal support, access to education and so many other opportunities.

I still may be relatively new to this journey of motherhood, but from my boys’ very first breath in this world I knew that my greatest role would be to provide a healthy, happy future and I know mothers and fathers everywhere share that wish.

Zoe Saldana is an actor, mother and Global Advocate for the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.

You share, they give: Each time you ‘like’ or share this post via the social media icons on this post or comment below, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action) up to $350,000 to Shot@LifeGirl Up, Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Nothing But Nets.

The Global Moms Relay was created by the United Nations Foundation and  Johnson & Johnson with support from BabyCenter, Global Citizen and Fatherly, to  help  improve the lives of families around the globe. Share this post with the hashtags #GlobalMom and #JNJ, and visit GlobalMomsRelay.orgto learn more.

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