My father-in-law was a pediatrician and a great supporter of March of Dimes. He knew the serious risks and challenges faced by children born prematurely. While growing up, his son, my husband, participated in a yearly March of Dimes walk-a-thon fundraiser to support their mission. He still has an “Order of the Battered Boot” patch he received for walking in the event as a child.
Thanks to the folks at Anthem Foundation for making this post about important resources provided by the March of Dimes possible.
My family has always supported the work of March of Dimes, and I’m glad to see the March of Dimes’ programs and services reach moms of all races, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds, including Latinas in our communities and across the nation.
That’s why I’m so pleased to share this video with you today.
It describes how March of Dimes, which continues in its 75 year mission to serve moms and pregnant women with the goal of giving every baby a healthy start in life, has received more than $4 million in funding for programs and services from Anthem Foundation. The grants will help to scale up and implement several programs. As a start, programs will encourage and facilitate first-trimester prenatal care. In addition, other programs will help at-risk mothers commit to behaviors that reduce the numbers of low-birthweight babies. Why is this so important?
The Time is Now
The timing is crucial. After years of steady declines, the rate of preterm births has started to rise again. Now, here’s that video I mentioned. It’s short, about 80 seconds, but includes important information for our moms, our babies, and our communities, please consider taking a moment to view it:
To learn more about Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait Community Programs®, CenteringPregnancy®, and other programs and services from March of Dimes, visit www.marchofdimes.org. To follow and join in the conversation, use the #prematurebabies, #prenatalcare, #pretermbirth and #healthypregnancy hashtags and follow @AnthemFDN on social media.