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  • We advocate for prevention and wellness initiatives.
  • Preventing prematurity is our current national campaign.
  • Areas of focus also include newborn screening and immunizations.
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Policies and programs to reduce preterm births

Prepared for the March of Dimes by Health Systems Research, Inc., in Washington, DC, the report, Influencing Interventions to Promote Positive Pregnancy Outcomes and Reduce the Incidence of Low Birth Weight and Preterm Infants (.PDF, 339K), offers an overview on national policy efforts, federal programs, clinical guidelines, proposed legislation and Medicaid policies. Case studies are provided, as well as an analysis of implications for March of Dimes advocacy.

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Most common questions

What is the history of government programs for women and children?

Title V of the Social Security Act, was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. Title V, or the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services program, pledged support to states to provide services that would protect the "health of our nation's mothers and children."

What federal agencies are involved in premature birth research?

Multiple federal agencies support prematurity-related research but among the most engaged are the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health and Maternal and Infant Health Research within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How can I learn what conditions newborns are screened for in my state?

Two key resources are the National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center and the March of Dimes. You can easily compare state programs on our Peristats website.

Research breakthroughs

March of Dimes funded research is saving the lives of thousands of babies each year.