March of Dimes services in the NICU
The NICU Family Support® program offers information and comfort to families during the NICU hospitalization of their newborn, during the transition home, and in the event of a newborn death. It also provides professional education for NICU staff; and promotes neonatal family centered care in NICUs. NICU Family Support is present in more than 120 hospitals across the country and touches more than 89,000 families each year.
NICU Family Support Print and Web Based Program, $5,000 investment per year
The Print and Web Based Program provides all families of NICU admissions with high quality, accurate, and up-to-date print materials in English and Spanish, and a unique webpage with access to information on procedures and conditions common in the NICU that can be accessed via any internet connection. Family members also can connect with other families who share the NICU experience by accessing shareyourstory.org. Through this program, NICU staff have access to online forums and webinars that allow partner hospitals in our network of NICU Family Support sites to exchange best practices and innovations.
NICU Family Support Hospital Managed Program, $15,000 investment per year
The Hospital Managed program includes all components of the Print and Web Based program, plus coordination of your Unit’s family-centered care activities through training, technical support, tools and materials customized to support your NICU’s staff in their role. Hospitals investing in this program receive an in-depth assessment of the state of family support in their NICUs, goal setting around their priorities for family support outcomes, and ongoing site management by national March of Dimes staff. The program includes innovative, family-centered seminars focused on topics created exclusively for NICU staff, led by expert March of Dimes trainers at your hospital.
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). In 2009, chapters awarded a total of $6 million in community grants to support projects that address local perinatal needs. 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. In 2007, more than $145 million was raised through hundreds of events held in communities across the country. 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.