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Support World Prematurity Day

World Prematurity Day, the March of Dimes joins with parent groups and organizations in countries around the world to raise awareness about premature birth and how it can be prevented.

A five-picture collage showing a purple lit bridge in Canada, a close up of a wrapped premature baby's face, baby socks hanging in Macedonia, purple lit arch in Italy and an African mother holding a premature baby.

Wear your support of World Prematurity Day

Thanks to your generous support, our World Prematurity Day T-shirts have sold out! Due to this tremendous response, we will be offering more designs and sizes next year. Don’t forget to wear your shirt on Monday, Nov. 17, World Prematurity Day, post pictures in your social media spaces and tag the March of Dimes.

Wear your support of World Prematurity Day.

15 million babies are born too soon worldwide

Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death each year. Download our infographic to learn the facts.

A tiny African-American premature baby in knit cap looks directly into the camera as nurse holds his head and chest.

Team science

At our Prematurity Research Centers we bring together brilliant minds from numerous disciplines to collaborate on discovery research that will ultimately improve the health of moms and babies everywhere. The team at Stanford University in California has been in place since 2011, and we launched the Ohio Collaborative of three universities and four hospitals in 2013. Work is just getting started at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa. A fifth center will open in 2015.

Close up of African-American mother gently holding premature baby close to her chest.
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Learn More

Watch our videos to learn more about the serious problem of premature birth. Help spread the message by clicking the Share button within the video to post it to your social media of choice.

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Research is the key to finding answers to why so many babies are born too soon. Your gift helps fund treatments and preventions.

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