MARCH OF DIMES TO HOST BABY SHOWERS FOR FAMILIES WITH BABIES IN THE NICU AT TWELVE AREA HOSPITALS DURING PREMATURITY AWARENESS MONTH
Los Angeles, CA | Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Contact: Elizabeth Williams, (831-610-8188), [email protected]
On-Site Contact: (951) 892-7922, [email protected]
MARCH OF DIMES TO HOST BABY SHOWERS FOR FAMILIES WITH BABIES IN THE NICU (NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNITS) AT TWELVE AREA HOSPITALS DURING PREMATURITY AWARENESS MONTH
LOS ANGELES, CA. (November 7, 2018) -- March of Dimes, the nonprofit organization leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies, is raising awareness this November of and support for the 15 million babies affected by preterm birth each year around the world during Prematurity Awareness Month. When a baby comes too soon, the family’s world is immediately turned upside down. All plans and dreams suddenly are changed, and the family begins riding an emotional roller coaster – with good and bad days. March of Dimes is hosting baby showers for families whose babies came too soon and are in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). The baby showers will take place at twelve area hospitals:
Nov. 7, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster
Nov. 8, 6:00 p.m. at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in San Bernardino County
Nov. 8, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar
Nov. 10, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange
Nov. 12, 6:00 p.m. at Riverside Community Hospital
Nov. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Ronald Reagan UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles
Nov 13, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles
Nov. 15, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach
Nov. 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles
Nov. 17 (World Prematurity Day), 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.., at SM UCLA in Santa Monica.
Nov. 28, 4-5:30 p.m. at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.
Nov TBD at Harbor UCLA in Torrance.
The families with babies in the NICU and hospital staff are invited to enjoy a typical baby shower with delicious food, gifts, games and prizes. Gifts have been generously donated by local businesses including American Medical Response, Hope Reign Foundation, First 5 of Riverside, Swado, Modern Woodmen of America, Funtastic Media, Kickee Pants, Million Dollar Baby, Ergo Baby, and Playtex Baby. March of Dimes community partners also held diaper/toy drives.
“Most families in the NICU missed the joy of celebrating the upcoming birth of their baby with families and loved ones,” says Chris Huyett, Greater Los Angeles March of Dimes Assistant Executive Director. “They were unexpectedly thrown into a whole new chaotic world. We decided to bring the baby shower to them.”
“Normally, our role is to serve families in their moment of crisis. We are delighted to support March of Dimes in creating a few hours for these families to pause and celebrate the birth of their child,” said Doug Key, Regional Director of American Medical Response.
“Last year, March of Dimes hosted a baby shower for our families for the first time,” says Christine Mikels BSN, RNC-NIC, Assistant Unit Director at Ronald Reagan UCLA NICU. ”While in the NICU, parents never get to take a break; they are always worried about their child. The baby shower was a rare opportunity for us to focus on the parents, to shower them with attention, and to celebrate with them their baby's life.”
The preterm birth rate in the United States is on the rise for the third year in a row, a trend signaling an urgent health crisis for moms and babies. Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the largest contributor to infant death in the United States and around the world. Babies who survive an early birth often face serious and lifelong health problems. Just in Greater Los Angeles alone, nearly 20,000 babies are born preterm each year. Health disparities within the African American community are a key issue. While there is no single cause of preterm birth, research shows that chronic inequities and unequal access to quality health care do have a negative impact on these rates. The preterm birth rate for black women in the state is 44 percent higher than the rate among all other women and 55 percent higher than white women. Irvine’s preterm birth rate at 5.5 percent is the lowest preterm birth rate among the 100 largest cities in the U.S. Yet, the city of Los Angeles’ preterm birth rate is 73 percent higher at 9.5 percent, where moms and babies face a higher risk of preterm birth based on their race and zip code.
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every family can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we stand up for every mom and every baby. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.
# # # #
About March of Dimes
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.