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Prematurity Campaign

  • Premature birth is the #1 killer of children under 5
  • The U.S. rate is high among the industrialized countries
  • We’re funding research to find answers and preventions
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Prematurity Campaign partners and alliances

National Prematurity Campaign Partners

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Academy of Pediatrics
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials 
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
National Association of County and City Health Officials

National Prematurity Campaign Alliance Members

American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Periodontology
American College of Nurse-Midwives
American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians & Gynecologists
American Dental Association
American Dental Hygienists' Association
American Hospital Association
American Public Health Association
American Society of Reproductive Medicine
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
Black Women's Health Imperative
Council of Women's and Infants' Specialty Hospitals
First Candle/SIDS Alliance
International Childbirth Education Association
League of Black Women
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
National Association of Children's Hospitals & Related Institutions
National Association of Neonatal Nurses
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems
National Birth Defects Prevention Network
National Black Nurses Association
National Coalition for Ethnic and Minority Nurses
National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
National Healthy Start Association
National Indian Health Board
National Medical Association
National Perinatal Association
National Rural Health Association
National WIC Association
Office of Minority Health Resource Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Partnership for Prevention
Preeclampsia Foundation
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Sidelines: National High-Risk Pregnancy Support Network
Smoke-Free Families
Society for Gynecologic Investigation
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Society for Public Health Education
Society of Pediatric Nurses
Vermont Oxford Network

Global Alliances

Bliss, United Kingdom
Borngreat Foundation, Africa
European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants, Europe 
Home for Premature Babies, China
Little Big Souls, Africa
National Premmie Foundation, Australia

Worldwide health problem

15 million babies are born too soon every year.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Campaign work to achieve its goals?

The campaign funds research to find the causes of premature birth, and to identify and test promising interventions; educates health care providers and women about risk-reduction strategies; advocates to expand access to health care coverage to improve maternity care and infant health outcomes; provides information and emotional support to families affected by prematurity; and generates concern and action around the problem.

What are the goals of the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign?

The goals of the Prematurity Campaign are to reduce the rate of premature birth, and to raise public awareness about the seriousness of the problem.

Why is the problem of prematurity so important?

Prematurity is the leading killer of America's newborns. Those who survive often have lifelong health problems, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss.

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