We won't stop
Fighting for the health of all
moms and babies
It’s been a year of progress, change and innovation. In Washington, D.C. our Gretchen Carlson Advocacy Fellows and our #BlanketChange movement paved the way as we advocated for change across the country. Our leaders in Congress took notice and action, fighting alongside us, to help moms and babies.
We created and strengthened networks of moms helping moms, including our Supportive Pregnancy Care and Facebook Mentorship programs. We spoke up for moms on the Hill, including those who couldn’t speak for themselves. And we honored every experience like loss with our Wall of Remembrance, at our events and with lifesaving research and storytelling initiatives.
These are the actions we took in 2018 to make an impact together.
Our powerful #BlanketChange advocacy campaign brought awareness to the rising rates of maternal death and premature birth. It included action and advocacy across social media and in D.C., with a live event on the National Mall.
women die from causes related to pregnancy each year
women suffer life-threatening complications
Reporting the facts
In 2018 we released an eye-opening Maternal Care Deserts report, telling the world that more than five million women live in U.S. counties where there are no hospitals offering obstetric services and no obstetrics providers.
We highlighted worsening rates of premature birth in our annual Premature Birth Report Cards. All of this shows that our work matters to moms and babies, who need our help, more than ever.
It requires strong mission leadership
We welcomed new leadership to our organization in 2018 with Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr. Rahul Gupta and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Kelle H. Moley. Both have experience in the field and developing strategies to address communities with the greatest need. Under their direction, groundbreaking work is happening every day at our Prematurity Research Centers.
Dr. Rahul Gupta
Senior vice president
and chief medical and
Dr. Kelle H. Moley
Vice president and
chief scientific officer
Legacy of giving
Sue and the late Lester Smith have enriched March of Dimes with their passion and fundraising. To improve the lives of moms and babies, they offered an unprecedented $1 million challenge grant for the Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon. Their selfless service to others inspires us as we honor Lester's legacy and pay tribute to their tremendous impact.
hospital staff and families
In 2018 we announced the inaugural Gretchen Carlson Advocacy Fellowship training program. This yearlong fellowship empowered 19 women to drive change for federal and state public policy and mobilized hundreds of volunteers and advocates.
We collaborate with hospitals through our NICU Innovation, professional education and NICU Family Support® programs, reaching more than 50,000 families and many health professionals.
NICU Family Support® hospital partners
Gretchen Carlson Advocacy Fellows led nationwide advocacy
Our sixth prematurity
We welcomed the Imperial College London—unmatched in the area of glycobiology—to complement research at our five U.S. centers and address the biggest health threats facing moms and babies.
a new blood test
Led by Stephen Quake, Ph.D., at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford University, scientists developed a new blood test using biomarkers in maternal blood that accurately identified pregnant women who would deliver babies up to two months prematurely. The team found biomarkers that predicted gestational age during pregnancy comparable to ultrasound accuracy.
We’ve created a Database for Preterm Birth Research and opened it up to all researchers. This open-access database integrates a broad range of disciplines at all six March of Dimes centers and accelerates outside discoveries with our research.
Strengthening our partnerships
Through the March of Dimes Prematurity Collaborative, 450 organizations and over 700 individuals are working together to achieve equity and demonstrated improvements in preterm birth prevention. Our thought leaders advance policy and practice, spread emerging ideas and energize communities to achieve equity and reduce preterm birth.
Making an impact together today and tomorrow
The collaborations we engage in and the partnerships we strengthened in 2018 help moms and babies in communities like yours and across the country.
Last year hundreds of thousands of walkers from across the country raised $48.95 million through March for Babies. Additionally our National Retail Support partners raised another $12.6 million, resulting in total March For Babies support of $61.5 million.
Our top corporate partner for three straight years, Publix Super Markets, Inc. has supported March of Dimes for more than two decades. During their annual in-store and associate March for Babies fundraising campaign, Publix raised more than $7.8 million in 2018 for 23-year total of $80.8 million.
AMAG Pharmaceuticals is committed to improving the health of moms and babies and funded the expansion of Supportive Pregnancy Care to nine new sites throughout the U.S. last year. Additionally, AMAG senior leadership and employees participate in March for Babies locally in Boston.
Cigna has been among our most generous and committed supporters for 25 years. From national sponsorship of March for Babies to expanding our Supportive Pregnancy Care program with a grant to fund seven new sites, Cigna is determined to help families everywhere.
National partner HCA Healthcare delivers more than 224,000 babies annually, and is a recognized leader in perinatal quality. HCA hospitals nationwide participate in March for Babies and use our NICU Family Support resources to provide excellence in patient care.
Macy’s believes that all moms and babies—regardless of age, race, geography or socio-economic background—deserve the best possible start. Macy’s has helped fund training medical and community health workers, professional curricula and health education materials. Their 2018 Thanks for Sharing contribution of $1.5 million helped us reach more than 52,000 women and 12,000 medical health professionals.
Partners and Alliances
Our corporate alliances, teams and service partners unite with us to fight for the health of moms, babies and families each and every day.
Corporate alliances and top teams
ALEX AND ANI
Bank of America Corporation
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Blue Cross Blue Shield Assoc.
California Department of Motor Vehicles
City of Los Angeles
Crest & Oral-B
EMD Serono, Inc.
Ernst & Young
Hilton Domestic Operating Company
Inova Health System
Jack in the Box
Johnson & Johnson
Los Angeles County
M & T Bank
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Michelin North America
NRG Energy, Inc.
Pepco Holdings, Inc.
Philips North America
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Run for Babies
Texas A&M Corps of Cadets - March to the Brazos
Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Health Resources
United Auto Workers (UAW)
UPMC Health System
Vystar Credit Union
Wells Fargo & Co.
Service partnersAlpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta
FBLA – PBL
General Federation of Women’s Clubs
Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Kiwanis International and Key Club
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Top Ladies of Distinction and Top Teens of America, Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Improving the lives
of moms and babies
March of Dimes is a crucial part of a family’s journey before, during and after having a child, and we won’t stop being their go-to source for trusted health information, community activity and action.
Together we empower communities, individuals and lawmakers.
We’re here for every family. It’s what we do. It’s what we’ve always done.
Thank you for all the progress you've helped us make in 2018.
You can see more details about our 2018 successes, financials and tax documents.
We look forward to continuing to drive impact next year with our current leadership.