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    • March of Dimes Giving every baby a healthy start
    • The March of Dimes Mission:
        • is to improve the health of babies by
        • preventing birth defects, premature
        • birth, and infant mortality.
      • March of Dimes carries out their
      • mission through research,
      • education, community services
      • and advocacy.
      • The March of Dimes
      • researchers, volunteers,
      • educators and advocates work
      • together to give all babies a
      • fighting chance against the
      • threats of prematurity, birth
      • defects and low birth weight.
      • January 1938-
      • President Franklin D. Roosevelt established
      • the National Foundation for Infantile
      • Paralysis.
      • This was a partnership of scientist and
      • volunteers to conquer polio.
      • In the same year Eddie Cantor
      • created a fund-raiser for the
      • National Foundation. He asked
      • the public to send dimes to
      • President Roosevelt, this was
      • called the March of Dimes. This
      • is how the foundation was
      • named.
    • RESEARCH Since 1984, March of Dimes has funded at least 200 grants; totaling 13 million dollars. 1998- invested in a six year Perinatal Epidemiology Research Initiative; totaling more than 5.7 million dollars. This study was to research how stress, infection, genetics and environment may trigger preterm labor.
      • Investments in research by
      • March of Dimes has led to 18
      • scientists winning the Nobel
      • Peace Prize
      • We have already seen the results of Genetic Research.
      • With funding from March of Dimes scientists have used gene therapy successfully in treating hemophilia and retinitis pigmentosa in the lab.
      • Having results in the lab gets us closer to a cure.
      • Health Fairs
      • Partnerships with WIC and Healthy Start
      • Educational Workshops
    • Education is the first step to prevention
      • November is Prematurity Awareness Month
      • This is a national effort to make the public aware
      • of the growing problem of premature birth.
      • In stores across the country retailers decorate the
      • store in pink and blue and have promotions to raise
      • community awareness of premature births.
      • More then 150 buildings and landmarks were light up
      • with pink and blue lights to show the importance of
      • fighting premature births.
      • Along with education, March of
      • Dimes also provides many
      • services to help in the
      • community.
      • If after giving birth, in a hospital that has
      • partnered with March of Dimes, a
      • premature baby and family will have a
      • NICU Family Support Specialist, who will
      • provide them with a caring voice,
      • educational material and activities.
      • Parents are given photos that show babies
      • firsts.
      • Another service provided was
      • after the hurricanes in 2005 in
      • the Gulf Coast, volunteers and
      • staff provided emergency care,
      • clothing, dippers, formula and
      • vitamins to babies and mothers
      • displaced from their homes.
      • March of Dimes now has a Hurricane
      • Assistance Fund , including 4 mobile
      • health centers that will bring
      • prenatal and well baby visits directly
      • to families.
    • The use of the internet is very helpful too
      • The March of Dimes web page
      • has a lot of information and
      • links to reliable sources for
      • parents and soon-to- be parents
      • to help educate them on how
      • to have a healthy full term
      • baby.
    • FUNDING- 2006
      • March for Babies- $110.4 million
      • (Walk America)
      • Special Events- $43.6 million
      • Bikers for babies, jail & bail & light a little star
      • Donations- $45.6 million
      • Mothers March- $20 million
      • Grants (major gifts) - $21.1 million
      • According to Mona Lee at the
      • Tampa March of Dimes office,
      • 77% of the funding goes back
      • to the program.
      • Volunteers and staff lobby legislators in the U.S.
      • government to support budgets, programs and services that are vital to mom’s and babies.
      • One area of success in 2006 was an increase in the screening of newborns for disorders that could be life threatening.
      • “ Expanded newborn screening is extremely vital, if you catch just one child, what a world of difference it makes.” says Deb Lee Gould, director, Fatty Oxidation Disorders Family Support Group.
    • What makes March of Dimes?
      • The partnership between
      • volunteers, researchers and
      • staff makes the March of Dimes
      • work.
      • With the help from the
      • American people, the March of
      • Dimes has saved the lives of
      • millions of babies over the past
      • 64 years.
    • SOME THING TO THINK ABOUT in Florida on an average week:
      • 4,193 babies are born
      • 450 babies are born to mother age 15-19
      • 374 babies are born to mother who receive inadequate prenatal care
      • 563 babies are born preterm
      • 358 babies are born with low birth weight
      • 31 babies die before their 1 st birthday
      • With all of the work that the
      • volunteers, researchers and
      • staff of March of Dimes does
      • we can hope that the number of
      • babies born with low birth
      • weights, fixable medical
      • problems and even death will
      • become less as the years go by.