Recognizing November as National Prematurity Awareness Month, the March of Dimes continues to lead the fight to help prevent the half a million premature births that occur in this country every year, as well as against other serious threats to infant health. Prematurity is the No. 1 killer of newborns.
The March of Dimes funds cutting-edge research and innovative programs that help babies come into the world healthy. In our community, it has granted more than $1.4 million for research in the last five years. Each year, it also provides about $40,000 in local grant awards to organizations that provide services related to prenatal care and the prevention of premature birth. It has funded quality local health programs, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Family Support Program at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Thank you to Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders for issuing a proclamation recognizing Prematurity Awareness Day (Nov. 13). His family has been affected by premature birth and is one of the many March of Dimes success stories.
Visit marchofdimes.com/everybaby to learn more. Together we can give and share hope for all babies — those born healthy, those born prematurely, and those whose lives hang in the balance.
March of Dimes, Greater Kansas Chapter Prematurity campaign chairwoman