Working together for stronger, healthier babies: Annual report 2012

Our research advances over the past 75 years are still improving health and saving lives today. Since launching our national Prematurity Campaign, preterm birth rates have reached a 10-year low. In 2012, we led the drive to eliminate elective deliveries before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy with nearly 100 prominent hospitals. And we now offer comfort and support to families with a baby in newborn intensive care in more than 128 hospitals around the country.

We are grateful for the support of volunteers, donors, sponsors and partners. Your generosity allows us to continue our legacy of giving babies the best chance of a healthy start.

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Most common questions

How much money was dedicated to programs in 2012?

With the help of volunteers, donors and partners, we raised $219 million to invest in research, education and community services.

What are some key milestones in March of Dimes history?

Our research advances over the past 75 years are still improving health and saving lives for babies today.

  • The Salk and Sabin polio vaccines
  • The discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick
  • The first newborn screening test that detects PKU
  • The use of surfactant to treat infant respiratory distress

What are some of the highlights of 2012?

The March of Dimes commitment to babies is as strong as ever. Nearly 100 prominent hospitals joined us in working to eliminate elective deliveries before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. We also got the message out to moms-to-be that if their baby is healthy, it’s best to wait for labor to begin on its own. We partnered with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, which led to health departments in 48 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia setting a goal to reduce their rates of premature birth by 8 percent by 2014. And our NICU Family Support® project is in 128 hospitals bringing information and comfort to families.

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