Our mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature
birth, and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out this mission through
programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies'
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.
The March of Dimes helps pregnant women know what to worry about and what not to
worry about when it comes to having a healthy baby. Through our Pregnancy &
Newborn Health Education CenterSM women can get free one-on-one, confidential answers
to their questions about pregnancy, preconception, newborn screening and related
The Center also provides a wide variety of materials including mama, an annual magazine
full of practical and important information for parents-to-be, are available.
Each year, more than 460,000 babies are born too soon, some so small they can fit
in the palm of a hand. Many of these babies must fight just to survive; others will
struggle with lifelong health problems. No one knows what causes half of all premature
births. No one is working harder than the March of Dimes to find out.
Genetic birth defects leave our children unable to walk, to hear, to think, or even
to fight off disease. March of Dimes investments in genetic research already are
starting to yield results. Two March of Dimes-funded grantees have used gene therapy
successfully in treating hemophilia and retinitis pigmentosa in the lab, giving
hope that we are closer to a cure for these genetic birth defects.
No parents should have to choose between feeding their child and buying the medicines
he or she needs. Yet, this happens every day in America because more than 9 million
children have no health coverage. For many of these children, this means they can’t
get preventive checkups, immunizations, or treatment for common childhood illnesses.
The March of Dimes is fighting so that all babies, children and pregnant women get
Help Us Save Babies
You can partner with the March of Dimes by becoming a volunteer or a donor. With
your help, we can win the fight to save babies.