In an average week in Alabama...195 babies are born preterm (before 37 weeks gestation), 35 babies are born very preterm, 131 babies are born low birth weight, and 26 babies are born very low birth weight. Premature birth is the leading cause of infant death; and 50 percent of those preterm births are for unknown reasons. No one is working harder than the March of Dimes to give EVERY BABY a healthy, fighting chance at life. With your help, we work to improve the health of babies and support families if something does go wrong.
Through programs and services in communities across Alabama, we promote healthy pregnancies and babies, and work to prevent premature birth and birth defects. We educate moms and support families in need. Funding for community programs is provided through the grants process. The program services committee holds the responsibility of awarding grants each year. We have $978,000 invested in Alabama committed to improving the health of moms and babies for the 2012-2013 years.
By raising funds, donating your talents or joining us in a local event, you make a positive difference in the health of babies and families in neighborhoods like yours. Learn how you can help and get involved today.
The March of Dimes Alabama Chapter awards grants to local organizations to meet the urgent needs of babies and families in our communities. Learn about the initiatives we’re supporting and how you can help give babies a strong, healthy futures.