March of Dimes Honors Dads on Father’s Day
Statewide, Pennsylvania, June 11, 2014
Dads are the most important men in the lives of their babies. They play a major part in a woman’s journey through pregnancy and the health of their children. To celebrate Father’s Day, the March of Dimes is showing its appreciation for the contribution dads make to the organization’s mission for stronger, healthier babies.
“Becoming a father begins even before your baby is born,” said Dr. Jay Greenspan, Chair of the Program Services Committee for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the March of Dimes. “It’s a wonderful experience to be present in every step of your partner’s pregnancy and discover with her your baby’s growth.”
By accompanying their partner to prenatal visits, future dads will begin to grasp the changes their unborn child is undergoing. Their baby will start to feel very real to them. At the end of the first trimester, they can already hear his or her heartbeat, and during the second trimester an ultrasound will reveal a tiny head and limbs. Dads’ early presence in their baby’s life helps foster a meaningful fatherhood.
“A healthy lifestyle can also contribute toward the health of your partner and your future baby,” explained Greenspan. “Share a healthy diet with her, quit cigarettes and alcohol to support her, help her stay away from stressful situations and learn as much as you can about the changes she’s going through as her pregnancy progresses.”
March of Dimes advises dads and dads-to-be to learn the signs of preterm labor (less than 37 weeks), and to contact their partner’s health care provider or take her to the hospital if she experiences abnormal or unexpected symptoms during her pregnancy. In Pennsylvania, one in nine babies is born premature. Among the preterm labor signs they can experience, are:
- Contractions that make her belly tighten up
- Change in the color of her vaginal discharge, or bleeding
- The feeling that the baby is pushing down
- Low, dull backache
- Belly cramps or cramps that feel like she is having her period
In celebration of Father’s Day, the March of Dimes also continues its annual imbornto campaign through June 15. The organization has partnered with retailers and brands, including Scentsy, Martha Stewart, Kmart and eBay, to remind people that every baby is born to do something great and that no matter what you were born to do, the March of Dimes helped you get there. Consumers are encouraged to shop, dine or donate where they see the imbornto seal to get involved and support the cause. Visit imbornto.com for more details.
About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.
For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. To participate in our annual signature fundraising event, visit marchforbabies.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.