March of Dimes
March of Dimes
For the last thirty years, the number of premature births in the United States has been on the rise. In 2003, the March of Dimes organized its Prematurity campaign to deal with this alarming topic. Initially, one of the main goals of March of Dimes was to raise public awareness and to decrease the prematurity birth rate by at least fifteen percent. After decades of increases, the rate of premature birth in the United States has now been on a steady decline for the last several years. The rate of premature birth is at an all-time low of 9.6 percent today. Despite this progress, about 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year.
The Mission Statement of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.
March of Dimes chapter staff and volunteers invest time and resources in local programs and activities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, playing a vital role in improving maternal and child health in their communities. As respected leaders in the field of maternal and child health, the March of Dimes is uniquely positioned to partner with local and state public and private healthcare systems and organizations to enhance and expand the services available to women and their families.
The March of Dimes lobbies both Congress and the Administration and maintains strong relationships with policymakers across the political spectrum. Our priorities include a wide range of maternal child health issues. Find out how they work to influence both legislative and regulatory activities in each state. Through our chapters, our volunteers and staff serve as powerful voices for the needs of pregnant women, infants, children, and families. If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved click HERE.