Behind the data
Our Impact on the Stories of
Two babies die every hour in the U.S. and one woman dies every 12 hours as a result of complications from pregnancy.
Our stories give strength to ourselves and they give strength to other women. And each of us has a story. By coming together, our collective power can force the change that we need to reverse these statistics."
Stacey D. Stewart
March of Dimes President and CEO, and Mom
Take a look at how you made our impact possible for moms and babies in 2019.
It's not fine. But with your help it can be.
This campaign resonated with me so powerfully because that's what we were told—we were told that Kira was going to be fine. But when she went back into that operating room that was the last time I saw her alive. The state of maternal health in this country is not fine."
March of dimes dad, whose wife kira died shortly after giving birth
In 2019 we set out to increase awareness of the dangers to mom and baby health—not to scare people, but to surface the facts and use them to create change. We did this through stories. These #UnspokenStories are the heart of our supportive community for moms and families to share experiences from the joys of parenting to the heartbreak of loss. We went even further by launching #ItsNotFine, a public awareness campaign to call attention to the worsening health crisis, highlighting maternal risks and death health inequity. We invited everyone to declare it's not fine, and through real-life stories focused on moms and families, particularly in undeserved or at-risk communities.
#ItsNotFine generated 950 stories from women who didn't accept the statement "You'll be fine" before and after pregnancy.
#UnspokenStories collected 286 honest stories of pregnancy, parenthood and loss that are too often unshared.
Leading the way for
moms and babies
Before, during and after pregnancy, we supported families throughout their pregnancy journey where they needed us most. Women across the country received group medical care, prenatal education, childbirth preparation and postpartum care education in our Supportive Pregnancy Care sites. We also supported thousands of families in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) through our NICU Family Support® program (NFS) and other programming and resource initiatives. NFS partners with hospitals to educate NICU families and staff, and improve the family and patient experience.
care sites in 19 states
Babies supported in
69 NICU family support
on collective action
NICU Family Support was super helpful. It was great to have somebody who I felt was on our side that wasn't just a doctor or nurse."
In 2019, the National Prematurity Collaborative took steps toward transforming into the new Mom and Baby Action Network. This results-based framework will help us identify root causes of inequitable maternal and infant health, and enable us to better align with partners to make impactful movement and measurable action toward achieving equity.
March of Dimes is leading the effort to impact birth equity across the nation, understanding and recognizing that it takes an entire community to have an impact. And that's where the collective impact efforts start to play a role."
Dr. Rahul Gupta
SVP & Chief Medical and Health Officer Interim Chief Officer, Research & Global Programs,
March of Dimes
Changing the way
we find answers
We're rewriting the story for moms and babies to bring real world solutions to millions of families. In 2019, we evolved our six Prematurity Research Centers to a new research model targeting four of the most significant causes of preterm birth—maternal stress and environment; generic factors; inflammation and infection; and maternal comorbidities.
Researchers at Imperial College London learned that a certain microbiome species, Lactobacillus crispatus, plays a beneficial role in the maternal microbiome. This data led them to test a supplement of L. crispatus in a clinical trial with the goal of rebalancing the microbiome to be less inflammatory and prevent preterm birth.
Preterm labor can happen for many different reasons, but one cause may be an imbalance of bacteria, With the help of March of Dimes we're exploring a simple treatment which might help to prevent preterm birth, or to improve the outcome for some babies who are born preterm."
Director March of Dimes
Prematurity Research Centre
At Imperial College London
Speaking out and solving
challenges for families
We advocated on
State Legislative Bills
to promote the health
of women, babies
We helped advance the
Newborn screening saves lives
reauthorization act of 2019
to ensure the
Babies born each year
continue to be screened for
Giving today for a
We wouldn't be able to provide moms-to-be with services, find research treatments or help families in their communities without support from people like you. Annette and Jim Alling represent the amazing volunteers and donors who champion our cause. In 2019 they joined the Roosevelt Society to help bring NICU Family Support to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Annette has played a critical role in raising funds for this program.
I love volunteering as a parent mentor because I know how hard it is to have a child in the NICU. When I spend time with families in the NICU, I'm able to tell them our story and give them hope."
The NICU Family Support program is closest to my heart, and is amazing for families in so many ways."
Inspiring action together
It's not fine that each year, thousands of families deal with complications from pregnancy and preterm birth. In 2019, communities across the nation united with us to ensure that every mom and baby has the opportunity to be healthy and strong. Our family teams, corporate partners and tens of thousands of people walked in March for Babies our largest fundraiser.
March for babies
Everybody coming together for the same purpose, walking for the same purpose, just showing strength. It means that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That's what March for Babies means for us."
March for Babies
Family Team Member
We also hosted other inspiring events, which raised a combined $30 million, such as Gourmet Gala where legislators gathered for friendly competition and good food, and Signature Chefs that brought together leading culinary talent to create signature dishes for our supporters.
March of Dimes Gourmet Gala
member of congress
2019 Signature Chefs auction
It's so critical for us here to support March of Dimes because Texas has one of the highest prematurity rates in the country. And so coming out and supporting March of Dimes, there's not a better cause."
West Texas March of Dimes Board Chair
(Signature Chefs - Lubbock, Texas)
Building on the support of
For more than 80 years, we've bought high-profile personalities together to make a direct impact on the lives of moms and babies through service and collaboration. We kept that legacy strong in 2019.
Celebrating 36 years of the sports and media industries' support, our 2019 New York Sports Luncheon raised a record-breaking $1.2M, with over 800 executives in attendance for this special event. We were proud to honor: Steve Tisch, Vonn, Olympic gold medalist; and CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees.
We announced our new Celebrity Advocate Council featuring Ally Brooke, Nick Lachey, Porsha Williams and Tatyana Ali who are using their platforms to share their own personal experiences to raise awareness of mom and baby issues that aren't being talked about enough.
I'm involved because I have my story that I want to tell. We women can share what we've been through around pregnancies. We can help save other people's lives by pushing the initiative that we want to have many more healthy moms and strong babies."
Star of real housewives of atlanta
Fueled by generous support from all our corporate partners and supporters, we've achieved great strides in research advancements, advocacy wins, innovative program expansion and access to care for women—all to give moms and babies the best possible start. We've grateful for your steadfast commitment and investment in our mission.
We also recognize the following local, regional and national partners for their exemplary support throughout 2019:
These organizations and companies also share our commitment to improve maternal and infant health and birth outcomes.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Bank of America Corporation
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
California Department of Motor Vehicles
California Pizza Kitchen
City of Los Angeles
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Detroit Auto Dealers Association
EMD Serono, Inc.
Ernst & Young
FBLA - PBL
Greenville Health System - SC
Hilton Domestic Operating Company
International Union of Operating Engineers
Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Jack in the Box
Johnson & Johnson Company
Longs Drug Stores
Los Angeles County
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Michelin North America
NRG Energy, Inc.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Philips North America
Premera Blue Cross
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Pura Vida Bracelets
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Health Resources
United Auto Workers
UnitedHealth Group Ultimate Software
UPMC Health System
Wells Fargo & Co.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
National Service Partners
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Future Business Leaders of America Gamma Sigma Sigma
General Federation of Women’s Clubs
Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Kiwanis International, Key Club International
and Circle K International
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Top Ladies of Distinction and Top Teens of America, Inc.
Tri Sigma National Sorority
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc
** This list doesn't include many of our generous local supporters, however, we're no less grateful to them for their incredible support.
Roosevelt Society members are March of Dimes' most committed and loyal individual donors who invest in our mission. Their support makes our work possible by pairing passion and commitment to solve the toughest problems.
President CircleMr. and Mrs. H. Edward Hanway
Dr. Richard B. Johnston, Jr.
The Lester & Sue Smith Foundation
Visionary CircleFourjay Foundation
Mr. Wyck Godfrey and Dr. Mary Kerr
Emma and Frederick Goltz
Leader CircleBashar and Brigitte Kalai
Andy and Jenny Brown
Dan and Amy Fields
James and Pamela Grange
Harold C. Schott Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. Charles J. Lockwood
The Vince and Linda McMahon Foundation
The David B. Miller Family Foundation
John P. Morgridge
John and Anita O’Connell
Nancy and Richard Rogers
Sue and Will Schick
Neal and Sheila Schneider
Millette and Haag Sherman
Mr. Kurt N. Simon and Mrs. Katherine L. Simon
The Richard M Powell Foundation
The Vachon Family
Joseph and Clare Welch
Patron CircleAnnette and Jim Alling
Virginia Hobbs Charitable Trust
Jedd and Dara Canty
Kelly and Andrew Dahle
Mr. A. Dimitrief
Sheri and Gary Dixon
Charles and Margie Eisele
Dr. John Henry Felix
Barry and Gail Finn
Bill and Audrey Fitzgerald
Mr. Gary Frank
Aleem and Cindy Gillani
Cindy and Brian Gorczynski
Bill and Jeanne Hall
Sharon and Tom Higgins
The Perry Foundation
Brigitte and Bashar Kalai
Jenny and Pat Kernan
Sippi and Ajay Khurana
David and Cory LeNorman
Carol and Michael Linn
Todd and Lola Lott
Tosha, Ken & Alexa May
McClellan Family Foundation
Hannah and Cal McNair
The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation
Milbert Mays Trust
Dan and Jennifer Montgomery
Petrello Family Foundation
Clay and Carol Presley
John D. Rainey
Mike and Diana Rapport
Pavani P. Reddy
Daniel and Sheila Rosenblum
Faiza J. Saeed, Esq.
John and Molly Scheffey
Alicia and Lance Smith
Michelle and Alan Smith
The Perry Foundation
The Richard K. and Lois B. Craig Family Fund
Stephanie and Frank Tsuru
Frank and José Willemsen – Van Dijk
Jack and Cindy Waldrip
Amy and Kelcy Warren
Timothy J. White & Michelle LeCompte
Yeamans Family Foundation
Executive Leadership and
board of trustees 2019
Executive Leadership Team
President and CEO
SVP, General Counsel and Assistant
Secretary of the Board
SVP, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Treasurer of the Board
SVP, Chief Operating Officer and Officer of the Board
SVP and Chief Marketing Officer
VP and Chief People Officer
Chief Development Officer
VP and Chief of Staff
SVP and Chief Medical and Health Officer
Interim Chief Scientific Officer, Research & Global Programs
VP and Chief Volunteer Officer
National Board of Trustees
Once I got the information around what's happening in women's health here in the U.S., I had to get involved. Healthy women make for healthy families, make for healthy communities, make for a healthy world. So that's why I'm here."
Tonya Lee Lewis
March of Dimes Board of Trustees Member
Every mom and baby
should be healthy
regardless of wealth,
race or geography.
We got to bring home a healthy baby. The research they've done, the campaigns that they have, the spreading of information so mothers know—that's the result of March of Dimes."
March for babies mom