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33,000 BABIES WILL BE BORN PRETERM THIS MONTH

Throughout Prematurity Awareness Month, March of Dimes shines a light on the global crisis of prematurity. We’re raising awareness and asking for lifesaving donations in honor of World Prematurity Day, November 17.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. faced a maternal and infant health crisis and still remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth. This crisis is fueled by the health equity gap in our health care system that puts women and babies of color at the greatest risk.

Today preterm birth rates in our country continue to rise. Families everywhere need your support to ensure they get the care they need. Together, we can give every family the best possible start.

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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.

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VONGSAMPHANH FAMILY

THE VONGSAMPHANH FAMILY

Amber and John were thrilled to discover they were expecting twins. It had been an uneventful pregnancy until week 28 when Amber was admitted to the hospital to stop an early labor. She spent six weeks on bed rest alternating between home and the hospital. At 34 weeks pregnant, Amber had to deliver Charlotte and Audrey at 4 pounds, 6 ounce and 5 pounds, 2 ounces.

Charlotte had a few issues as an infant with horrible reflux, feeding therapy, a helmet and braces on her legs to learn to walk. But in true preemie fashion, she was a fighter and overcame all her challenges.

“I’m so thankful for the advances made by March of Dimes that allowed my girls those precious six weeks of time to grow and develop in utero,” Jessica says. “While they were early and tiny, they were strong. We were blessed. I will continue to raise money for March of Dimes because I feel I owe my girls’ very life to them and I never want another mom to have to look back on the birth of their children with sadness or fear.”

Both Charlotte and Audrey are healthy and thriving today.

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