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  • We work to improve the health of babies across the country.
  • Programs are aimed at supporting moms-to-be and professionals.
  • We offer comfort and support to families with a baby in the NICU.
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Helping moms and babies across the country

Working with our partners, the March of Dimes strives to develop and implement local programs that will ultimately improve the health of babies. Through our network of chapters and volunteers, these programs reach over a million people across the country and Puerto Rico each year. We provide information and services designed to prevent premature birth and birth defects and to promote healthy pregnancies.

Community grants are awarded annually to fund the best programs. Local programs like Centering Pregnancy®, group prenatal care, are focused on improving the availability and quality of health care. We also support services that help promote the health and well-being of women and couples before pregnancy to increase their chances of having a healthy baby. Other programs educate doctors and nurses about reducing the rates of elective labor inductions and c-sections before the 39th week of pregnancy.

Through NICU Family Support®, we provide information and comfort to families coping with the experience of having a baby in a newborn intensive care unit (NICU). NICU Family Support complements and enhances family-centered care practices in partner hospitals, addresses the needs of families and provides professional development to NICU staff.

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Most common questions

How can my organization apply for local March of Dimes funding?

Contact your local March of Dimes chapter to ask for a Request for Proposal (RFP). Each year chapters award community grants to support projects that address local perinatal needs in line with the chapter’s strategic plan. Proposals or Letters of Intent are usually due to the chapter in the late summer.

What March of Dimes events are happening near me?

The March of Dimes has been conducting special events for more than 60 years. These activities - formal balls, signature chef auctions and dinners, motorcycle rides, golf tournaments and March for Babies - help the March of Dimes fund cutting-edge research and innovative programs to save babies. With a wide variety to choose from, there is something for everyone! Contact your local chapter for a March of Dimes Special Event near you!

What programs does my local March of Dimes fund?

March of Dimes chapters support local projects aimed at helping women have healthier pregnancies. Funding from community grants enhances the availability and quality of health care and prevention services for women and their babies. For a list of specific programs funded in your state, please contact your local March of Dimes chapter.

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