In Alabama, 60,050 are born each year. Of those, 9,360 babies are born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation), and 1,820 babies are born with a birth defect. Premature birth is the leading cause of infant death; and 50 percent of those preterm births are for unknown reasons. No one is working harder than the March of Dimes to give EVERY BABY a healthy, fighting chance at life. With your help, we work to improve the health of babies and support families if something does go wrong.
Preventing premature birth in Alabama could mean an annual savings up to $483 million! This is why your support is so very important to our mission and work. The March of Dimes Alabama Chapter CARES.
Through programs and services in communities across Alabama, we promote healthy pregnancies and babies, and work to prevent premature birth and birth defects. We educate moms and support families in need. Funding for community programs is provided through the grants process. The program services committee holds the responsibility of awarding grants each year. We have $1,090,841 invested in Alabama committed to improving the health of moms and babies for the 2013-2014 years.
Your support matters. Your passion to help moms, babies, and families shined through last year. The money you raised in March for Babies last year:
*Supported more than 500 local programs to help educate women and reduce risks during pregnancy
*Offered comfort and information to 90,000 families with a newborn in intensive care through March of Dimes NICU Family Support®
*Helped the U.S. premature birth rate to drop for the 7th year in a row
Taking part in March for Babies is more than just support. You are changing the future for babies and making the world a better place!