Local Programs

March of Dimes Foundation staff and volunteers working in every state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico play a vital role in improving maternal and child health in their communities. March of Dimes chapters assess local maternal and child health needs and plan, fund, implement and assess the impact of community interventions to improve the health of mothers, infants and children. As respected leaders in the field of maternal and child health, March of Dimes program staff and volunteers are uniquely positioned to partner with local and state public and private health care systems to enhance and expand the services available to women and their families.

Chapter programs focus primarily on three broad areas: educating women and their families on how to have the healthiest possible pregnancy, either now or in the future, and educating health care professionals by providing continuing education on a variety of topics related to preconception health, prenatal care, and supporting families in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU); caring for pregnant women by ensuring they have access to quality prenatal care and services that may reduce the risk of poor birth outcomes; and supporting families whose babies are either born prematurely or have other conditions that require them to be admitted to the NICU.

March of Dimes Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait

Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait (HBWW) is a broad, comprehensive initiative developed by the March of Dimes to support the Foundation’s Prematurity Campaign. Through Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait, the March of Dimes addresses women’s health risks known to contribute to preterm birth and supports programs that have been shown to be effective in preventing preterm birth.

Chapters conduct Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait initiatives through one or more of the following components:

March of Dimes Foundation staff and volunteers working in every state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico play a vital role in improving maternal and child health in their communities. March of Dimes chapters assess local maternal and child health needs and plan, fund, implement and assess the impact of community interventions to improve the health of mothers, infants and children. As respected leaders in the field of maternal and child health, March of Dimes program staff and volunteers are uniquely positioned to partner with local and state public and private health care systems to enhance and expand the services available to women and their families.

Chapter programs focus primarily on three broad areas: educating women and their families on how to have the healthiest possible pregnancy, either now or in the future, and educating health care professionals by providing continuing education on a variety of topics related to preconception health, prenatal care, and supporting families in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU); caring for pregnant women by ensuring they have access to quality prenatal care and services that may reduce the risk of poor birth outcomes; and supporting families whose babies are either born prematurely or have other conditions that require them to be admitted to the NICU.

March of Dimes Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait

Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait (HBWW) is a broad, comprehensive initiative developed by the March of Dimes to support the Foundation’s Prematurity Campaign. Through Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait, the March of Dimes addresses women’s health risks known to contribute to preterm birth and supports programs that have been shown to be effective in preventing preterm birth.

Chapters conduct Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait initiatives through one or more of the following components: