Prematurity Campaign Collaborative

The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign Collaborative aims to achieve equity and demonstrated improvements in preterm birth. Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and its complications are the leading contributors to infant death and disability in the United States.

Collaborative participants include 300 leading maternal and child health organizations and experts nationwide. A strategic map identifies five critical strategies that are now being pursued by Collaborative Workgroups.

Prematurity Prevention Summit: Building a Birth Equity Movement

Thought leaders convened on May 21-22, 2018 in Arlington, VA to advance policy and practice, to mobilize community leadership, to share and spread emerging ideas and promising practices, and to energize stakeholders to achieve equity and reduce preterm birth. View agenda, session objectives and speaker bios and the Summit synopsis. Concurrent session presentations available here:

Recordings of the Plenary Sessions can be found here:

Collaborative meetings

View the 2018 meeting schedule for the full Collaborative, steering committee and workgroups. To sign up to receive meeting notices and become a participant in a Workgroup and/or the full Collaborative, or to receive the Collaborative newsletter, complete this sign-up form or email us at Collaborative newsletters are available here.


Collaborative Workgroups identify and develop resources related to their work. These resources are in the pages below, and new resources will be added over time.

The March of Dimes has been working on evidence-based equity messaging with the Frameworks Institute.   The Frameworks Institute is a group of social scientists who develop evidence-based ways of framing issues for the public.

Dr. Julie Sweetland, VP for Strategy and Innovation at the FrameWorks Institute discussed Frameworks’ recommendations about how to explain and talk about health equity for moms and babies.  A recording of the webinar is available as well as the attached slide deck.

Collaborative Workgroup Accomplishments

Clinical and Public Health Practice Workgroup

  1. Progesterone (17P) to reduce recurrent preterm birth
  2. Other resources

Health Equity Workgroup

  1. Health equity issue briefs, key articles and statements, including the Prematurity Collaborative’s Guiding Principles to Achieving Equity in Preterm Birth
  2. Health equity toolkits and resource guides
  3. Health disparities data
  4. Health equity videos and webinars
  5. Health equity initiatives and other resources