March of Dimes

President Franklin Roosevelt established the March of Dimes in 1938 to save America’s youth from polio. His premise was that people can solve any problem if they work together. He created a partnership of volunteers and researchers. And within 17 years, the Salk vaccine had been developed and polio was on the run.

That dynamic partnership has endured. And it’s what makes the March of Dimes work. With the help and support of the American people, the March of Dimes has saved the lives of millions of babies over the past 64 years. And we won’t stop until we reach the day when every baby is born healthy.

Today, the fight to save babies goes on. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, low birthweight.

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» Recent News

Univision Television and March of Dimes Unite to Focus on Healthy Babies Throughout June
11 Jun 04 | As part of a multi-year partnership between Univision and the March of Dimes, Univision Television Network will feature news segments and public service announcements on important maternal and infant health issues throughout the month of June.

Obesity During Pregnancy Threatens Health of Both Mother and Fetus, March of Dimes Says
09 Jun 04 | The rising obesity rate in the United States is a risk to the health of pregnant women and their babies, the March of Dimes said today.

Why Don't Women Take Folic Acid? Forgetfulness and Denial, Latest Survey Finds
03 Sep 03 | What's the most common reason why American women of childbearing age fail to take a daily B vitamin that can prevent spina bifida and other birth defects in their future babies? They simply forget, according to the latest survey released today.

Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center: "On the Web" to Answer Your Questions Anytime
28 Aug 03 | As universal as weight gain and "morning sickness," all pregnancies come with questions. The March of Dimes has the answers... from "what should I do about my allergy medicine" to "tell me how ultra-sounds work."

March of Dimes Subject Of Three Online Chats In September
27 Aug 03 | The March of Dimes Prematurity and Newborn Screening Campaigns will be discussed in-depth during three separate, live, online chats during September. Dr. Siobhan M. Dolan will discuss the Prematurity Campaign and Prematurity Awareness Day.

March of Dimes Helps Women Cope With and Avoid Heartburn During Pregnancy
12 Aug 03 | More than four million women are expected to give birth this year. Chances are a majority may experience heartburn, especially in the later stages of pregnancy -- but that doesn't mean they have to suffer.

March of Dimes Tops Other Non-Profits In World Wide Web Competition
06 Aug 03 | The March of Dimes Prematurity Web site took home more top honors in the 'Spring 2003 World Wide Web Health Awards' than any other community/non-profit organization in the United States.

Study Published in Academic Medicine Finds March of Dimes Supports Top Scientists
05 Aug 03 | Young scientists who win research grants from the March of Dimes are more productive, more likely to be on the faculty of prestigious research institutions, and more likely also to receive federal funding for their work.

Few States Offer Adequate Newborn Screening; Most Fall Short of March of Dimes Recommendations
29 Jul 03 | Every baby born in the U.S. undergoes some newborn screening, but few parents may realize that the number of disorders their baby will be screened for depends entirely on the U.S. state in which the baby is born.

March of Dimes Launches Revamped Mothers March Web Site with New Banners, Buttons and an Easy Way to Donate
28 Jul 03 | The March of Dimes Mothers March online campaign now has a fresh new, exciting site and an easier way to donate to save babies. The new Mothers March online site showcases inspirational success stories, a history of the Mothers March and more.

Genetic Cause of Heart Defects Identified by March of Dimes Grantee
07 Jul 03 | Genetic mutations of a single gene cause some common and serious birth defects of the heart, according to a researcher supported in part by the March of Dimes. The study was published today in the journal Nature.

Suzy Whaley Tees Off to Support Healthy Babies
07 Jul 03 | Suzy Whaley, the first woman to qualify for a PGA tour event since 1945, is joining the fight to ensure every baby is born healthy. For all remaining 2003 tournaments in which she plays Whaley will demonstrate her commitment to the March of Dimes.

Healthcare Signs as March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign Corporate Supporter
25 Jun 03 | The March of Dimes announced today that Matria Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: MATR) has signed on as a corporate supporter of the March of Dimes new five-year national campaign to decrease the growing rate of premature birth.

Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster of Premature Birth: A Personal Look at What It Meansto Have a Baby Too Soon
12 Jun 03 | Power and prestige do not provide insurance against having a baby too soon. That is the hard truth that many prominent parents must come to grips with, as they ride the emotional roller coaster of premature birth.

Promising New Treatment for Prematurity Published Today in New England Journal of Medicine
12 Jun 03 | Weekly injections of a derivative of the hormone progesterone may help prevent recurrence of premature birth, according to a study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Joe Hale Named Chairman, National Office of Volunteers, for March of Dimes
10 Jun 03 | J. Joseph Hale, Jr., president of the Cinergy Foundation and vice president of corporate communications at Cinergy Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio, has been elected chairman of the National Office of Volunteers of the March of Dimes, it was announced today.

TUMS® and the March of Dimes Team Up to Get Mothers and Babies Off to a Healthy Start
04 Jun 03 | TUMS®, the #1 doctor recommended calcium supplement, today announced its partnership with the March of Dimes to help educate women of childbearing age about their special nutritional needs.

Helen Darling Receives WNBA Community Assist Award, Names March of Dimes of OH as Beneficiary
28 May 03 | During the Cleveland Rockers off-season, Rockers player Helen Darling made a commitment to the community for which she plays by making 35 community appearances in Northeast Ohio from November 2002 to April 2003.

2003 Nursing Scholarships Announced By March Of Dimes
19 May 03 | Four exceptional registered nurses have been awarded scholarships for graduate studies in the field of maternal-child nursing from the March of Dimes, it was announced today.

March of Dimes Names Robert Lucas Vice President Of Corporate Relations
06 May 03 | In an effort to forge closer relationships with the corporate world, the March of Dimes has named Robert Lucas to the newly-created post of Vice President of Corporate Relations.

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