Working together for stronger, healthier babies: Annual report 2014
Our Campaign to End Premature Birth: Annual report 2014
Our work continues to make sure babies get the strongest start possible. The preterm birth rate in the United States fell for the 7th consecutive year 11.4 percent. In 2014, we launched March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers in St. Louis and in Philadelphia. Scientists at these 2 new centers are working together to uncover the causes of premature birth and speed up research discoveries. We also offered comfort and support to 93,000 families with a baby in newborn intensive care.
We thank our volunteers, donors, sponsors and partners for their continued support in helping us move closer to our goal of ending premature birth.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much money was dedicated to programs in 2012?
With the help of volunteers, donors and partners, we raised $219 million to invest in research, education and community services.
What are some key milestones in March of Dimes history?
Our research advances over the past 75 years are still improving health and saving lives for babies today.
- The Salk and Sabin polio vaccines
- The discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick
- The first newborn screening test that detects PKU
- The use of surfactant to treat infant respiratory distress
What are some of the highlights of 2012?
The March of Dimes commitment to babies is as strong as ever. Nearly 100 prominent hospitals joined us in working to eliminate elective deliveries before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. We also got the message out to moms-to-be that if their baby is healthy, it’s best to wait for labor to begin on its own. We partnered with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, which led to health departments in 48 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia setting a goal to reduce their rates of premature birth by 8 percent by 2014. And our NICU Family Support® project is in 128 hospitals bringing information and comfort to families.