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
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.
Partnerships with WIC and Healthy Start
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
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
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
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
March for Babies- $110.4 million
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
With the help from the
American people, the March of
Dimes has saved the lives of
millions of babies over the past
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