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THE HEALTH CRISIS IN OUR COUNTRY

Throughout Prematurity Awareness Month and on November 17, World Prematurity Day, March of Dimes is shining a spotlight on this maternal and infant health crisis. The U.S. preterm birth rate has increased for the fourth year in a row.
It’s not fine. But with your help, it can be.
With your support, we can advance the understanding of premature birth, working hand-in-hand with researchers, policymakers, community leaders and families.

Take action to support moms and babies

Sign Our Petition to Fight for the Health and Lives of All Moms

I stand with March of Dimes and call on Congress to act today to swiftly pass a comprehensive maternal health package. By improving the health of moms, we can ensure better outcomes for them and their babies.

More ways to give

You can make a huge difference in communities like yours during Prematurity Awareness Month.

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Visit our gift guide to purchase a HERO T-shirt for everyone in your family.

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Facebook fundraiser

You can also start a Facebook fundraiser to make a meaningful gift to support healthy moms and strong babies.

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Create an event

Creating a do-it-yourself fundraising campaign is a fun and easy way to empower families.

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If you livestream or broadcast, start a fundraiser with us on Tiltify.

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Prematurity Awareness Month

You're making an impact

When you fight for the lives of healthy moms and strong babies, you’re personally making a difference for families everywhere.

March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers

We're studying the unknown causes of premature birth

March of Dimes Prematurity Collaborative

We're working together to achieve equity
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The Guzman Family

Rubi Guzman had an uneventful pregnancy until, for unknown reasons, she went into early labor. Her son, Andres, was born prematurely on September 28, 2015, at 25 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 15 ounces. Nothing could prepare Rubi and her husband, Israel, for the fear and uncertainty that would come during their baby’s 4-month hospital stay, but March of Dimes NICU Family Support was there to help.

While the professionals in the NICU at Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago handled Andres’s medical emergencies, Jessica Bowen, MSW, LCSW, NICU Family Support Specialist, immediately cared for his parents. Rubi says, “I never had to go looking for her. She always found us!” Jessica offered information about the NICU; helped them create a keepsake of their baby’s milestones; prepared them for their first Kangaroo Care experience—holding their son skin-to-skin—and set up holiday celebrations. “I try to anticipate ways that we can make each day just a little bit easier such as with a class, a change in family-centered care practices or something as simple as a smile,” Jessica explains.

Israel spent as much time as he could by his son’s side and recalls, “Without NICU Family Support, our whole experience would have been scarier.” The best preparation with Jessica and the staff was the 3-week transition from hospital to home, leading up to Andres’s discharge on January 28, 2016, after 123 days, when he weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces.

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More things to do

Download our toolkits during Prematurity Awareness Month for tips, tools and resources to help you easily spread awareness, reach out on social and find out how you can join the fight for the health of all moms and babies this fall.

Spread the word

Note of Encouragement

Send a personal note of encouragement to a NICU family to show them they are not alone during their difficult time.

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Unspoken

Take part in our #UnspokenStories community, where stories of pregnancy, parenting and loss—the ones that often go unshared—are told honestly.

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Share your story

Share your story in a supportive space where you can connect with others, and offer support to families with similar experiences.

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Facebook community

Join March of Dimes on Facebook to connect with families across the nation to offer support, comfort and friendship.

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Take action on social

Post messages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—don't forget to tag @marchofdimes and use #PrematurityAwarenessMonth, #WorldPrematurityDay and #ItsNotFine in your posts!