Supporting moms all throughout their pregnancies
We help moms get the information and care they need before, during and after pregnancy. If something goes wrong, we support families in the NICU. Learn more about some of our community programs below.
NICU Family Support
When a baby is born too soon or very sick and starts life in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU), the March of Dimes is there to support the family. One in every 10 babies born in the United States is admitted to a NICU. Some babies spend just a couple of days, others many long months. Having a baby hospitalized in a NICU can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming. The Missouri Chapter’s NICU Family Support specialist is on-site at St. Louis Children’s Hospital to offer information and comfort. We enhance family-centered care practices to address the needs of families and provide professional education to NICU staff. The families of some 700 babies are touched by NICU Family Support annually.
Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait
Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait (HBWW) is a preterm birth prevention initiative with a focus on “preventable” late preterm birth. Through partnerships and collaborations between hospitals, health departments and community organizations, HBWW provides education for pregnant patients, health care providers and the greater community to understand the problem of preterm birth and what measures can be taken to reduce the risks of it occurring. Health professionals can download extensive materials (registration required) on prematurity prevention, particularly on avoiding elective deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy.
Pregnancy and Smoking: Baby & Me - Tobacco Free
Baby & Me - Tobacco Free is an evidence-based program designed to help hundreds of pregnant women quit smoking before, during, and after their pregnancy. This unique program combines cessation support, specific to pregnant women, with an incentive of $25 in monthly diaper vouchers for each month (up to 12 months postpartum) the participant stays quit.
Approximately 17.5% of women in Missouri smoke during pregnancy. That is more than twice the national average. Missouri’s statistics for infant mortality are also significantly higher than the national average, partly due to the high percentage of Missouri women who smoke during pregnancy. Women that quit smoking are far less likely to have a preterm or low birth weight baby, and greatly reduce the damaging effects of secondhand smoke on their children. March of Dimes is funding Baby & Me sites across Missouri to help moms (and their partners) quit smoking and stay quit.