The Dirt Farmer Foundation’s CAUSE it’s JANUARY: March of Dimes

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The March of Dimes is a national non-profit organization that works to end premature birth and other problems that threaten our babies. They help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, they offer information and comfort to families. They research the reasons why babies are born too soon or very sick and work on prevention.

PREMATURITY is the #1 killer of babies in the United States. March of Dimes is working to change that and help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. From polio to prematurity the March of Dimes has focused on researching the problems that threaten our children and finding ways to prevent them. President Franklin Roosevelt's personal struggle with polio led him to create the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis at a time when polio was on the rise. Better known as the March of Dimes, the foundation established a polio patient aid program and funded research for vaccines that effectively ended epidemic polio in the United States.

Its original mission accomplished, the foundation turned its focus to PREVENTING BIRTH DEFECTS and infant mortality. The March of Dimes has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. They have supported research for surfactant therapy to treat respiratory distress and helped initiate the system of regional neonatal intensive care for premature and sick babies. Their recent Folic Acid Campaign achieved a dramatic reduction in the incidence of neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spine.

FIGHTING PREMATURE BIRTH. Since 2003, March of Dimes' fight to save babies has been strongly characterized by their Prematurity Campaign. The rising incidence of premature birth has demanded action, and the March of Dimes has responded by initiating an intensive, multi-year campaign to raise awareness and find the causes of prematurity. Learn more here.

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. Learn more about March of Dimes COMMUNITY IMPACT here. The March of Dimes also supports RESEARCH aimed at preventing premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality. Find more information about March of Dimes Research Activity here.
Contact your local March of Dimes for questions about activities in your area, like March for Babies and special events. FIND YOUR LOCAL CHAPTER HERE

Until recently, premature birth and birth defects, which affect 23 million babies worldwide, were not recognized as significant public health priorities by international health agencies, governments or donor organizations. The March of Dimes has worked hard to change this.  In 1998, the March of Dimes established its GLOBAL PROGRAMS to bring the high global toll of birth defects and preterm birth to the attention of governments, policy makers and donor organizations and to offer solutions in response. In the past 15 years, Global Programs has partnered with local organizations in 33 developing countries on four continents to strengthen prevention and care through development of surveillance systems, education of health professionals, raising public awareness and strengthening parent/patient and other grass-roots organizations. Learn more here.

YOU CAN HELP! March of Dimes programs and research address every aspect of the fight to end premature birth, as well as birth defects and other critical health issues that threaten our babies. You can support every one of them. Learn more here. You can also get involved and join the Volunteer Program here.


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