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April is the time for March of Dimes, which leads the fight for the health of all moms and their babies. The March of Dimes foundation believes that every baby deserves the best possible start in life, and while not all babies get one, they hope to change that.
For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now, they are building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, regardless of age, background, or demographics. They support moms throughout their pregnancy, even when or if things don't go according to plan. March of Dimes advocate for policies that prioritize their health and support radical improvements to the care they receive. The foundation also pioneers research in order to find solutions to the biggest health threats to moms and babies.
History of March of Dimes
What began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's personal struggle with polio, led to the creation of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, also known as March of Dimes. They led the way of vaccine research, which led to the eradication of polio in the United States. From there, the foundation shifted its focus to address some of the biggest health threats to moms and babies, with innovations such as: folic acid, newborn screening, and surfactant therapy.
Today, the March of Dimes educates medical professionals and the public about best practices, supports lifesaving research, provides comfort and support to families in NICUs, and advocates for those who need them the most - moms and babies. They are stronger and more committed than ever to guiding moms through every stage of their pregnancy journey, as well as fighting for the smallest babies and advocating for their health each and every day.
How do they do it? March of Dimes has the tools, technology, and knowledge that is needed to build a brighter future for all!
Premature birth, which is birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy, and it's complications are the #1 cause of death of babies in the U.S. Babies who survive premature birth often have long term health problems, including: cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness, and hearing loss.
In the U.S., approximately 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year, leaving the preterm birth rate at 9.8%. This means that 1 in 10 babies are born too soon. The United States preterm birth rate is among the worst of high-resource nations.
The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign aims to reduce premature birth in the United States and to give every baby a fair chance for a healthy, full term birth. Unfortunately, this fair chance is not reality for all babies. The preterm birth rate rose to 9.8% in 2016, marking the second consecutive increase after steady declines over the previous 7 years.
In 2017, the March of Dimes convened the Prematurity Campaign Collaborative to address the persistent health inequities and rising rate of preterm birth in the U.S. Through the Collaborative, hundreds of organizations and experts work together on the shared challenge to achieve equity and demonstrated improvements in preterm birth.
One of the most popular events that March of Dimes has created is the March for Babies event. When you join March for Babies, you stand with thousands of people across the country who share your commitment to building a brighter future for us all.
You raise money to expand programs and educate medical professionals to make sure that moms and babies get the best possible care. You advocate for policies that prioritize the health of expectant moms and their babies. You fund research to find solutions to the biggest health threats, and you support moms throughout every stage of their pregnancy journey.
March of Dimes and March for Babies wants us to help lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Why? Well, when a society supports every family, everybody wins. When communities come together, even the toughest problems can be solved. Fighting for healthy families is not only important, but necessary because without ACA protection, maternal care would be unaffordable for most families, and vital services for moms and babies is a necessity, not a privilege.
There are plenty of ways to advocate, and advocacy is vital to the March of Dimes in order to advance their mission through public policies, programs, and funding. Get informed, take action, become a volunteer, donate, join March of Dimes to influence both legislative and regulatory activities in each state. As a volunteer or staff member, your voice will be powerful for the needs of pregnant women, infants, children and families. Consider participating in the March for Babies event and other events in your area as well.
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