March of Dimes – November
Nearly 400,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the United States. Infants that are born more than three weeks before their predicted due dates are considered “premature”.” These infants are not fully developed and likely to have chronic health issues such as infections, asthma, and feeding problems. They are also at risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Premature babies also have a higher risk of developing learning and attention issues.
The Color of Purple
Wear your purple ribbon this month to support and spread the premature birth awareness.
The March of Dimes
The March of Dimes funds research and studies to improve premature birth treatments. Babies with RDS have difficulty breathing because their lungs are not fully developed. Surfactant is a protein that helps the small air sacs in the lungs from collapsing.
The March of Dimes chapters helps provide women with preconception access, prenatal and interconception education, and enhanced prenatal care and risk reduction.
The Birth of March of Dimes
The March of Dimes was founded in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to combat polio. Entertainer Eddie Cantor coined the name “March of Dimes” to reflect the national campaign for every individual to contribute 10 cents.