In Alabama, 60,050 are born each year. Of those, 9,360 babies are born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation), and 1,820 babies are born with a birth defect. 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.
Preventing premature birth in Alabama could mean an annual savings up to $483 million! This is why your support is so very important to our mission and work. The March of Dimes Alabama Chapter CARES.
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 $1,090,841 invested in Alabama committed to improving the health of moms and babies for the 2013-2014 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 is partnering with the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Alabama Hospital Association and the Alabama Perinatal Excellence Collaborative (APEC) on our Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait campaign, visit this site for more details.
Every year, more than half a million babies are born too soon in the United States. Our country’s premature birth rate has risen by 36 percent over the last 25 years. That’s serious cause for concern.
Babies need at least 39 weeks to grow before they are born. Many complications can occur due to non-medical inductions. Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait. Click Here for More Information!