Prematurity Campaign partners and alliances


The following organizations are partnering with the March of Dimes to help lead the national effort to fight prematurity.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists |
Founded in 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, ACOG today has more than 51,000 members and is the nation’s leading group of professionals providing health care for women. Based in Washington, DC, it is a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization.

The American Academy of Pediatrics 
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses 
AWHONN serves the unique needs of more than 22,000 nurses in the U.S., Canada and abroad specializing in the care of women and newborns. AWHONN membership includes perinatal and neonatal nurses, APRNs, women’s health nurses, nurse scientists, childbirth educators and nurse practitioners.


Alliance Members

Organizations in the professional, consumer and government arenas have committed to assist the March of Dimes in communicating prematurity awareness and educational messages and working toward reducing the rate of premature birth. They are: 

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Periodontology
American College of Nurse-Midwives
American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians & Gynecologists
American Dental Association
American Dental Hygienists' Association
American Hospital Association
American Public Health Association
American Society of Reproductive Medicine
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
Association of State & Territorial Health Officials
Black Women's Health Imperative
Bright Futures 
Council of Women's and Infants' Specialty Hospitals
First Candle/SIDS Alliance
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda
General Federation of Women’s Clubs
International Childbirth Education Association
League of Black Women
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
National Association of Children's Hospitals & Related Institutions
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Association of Neonatal Nurses
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems
National Birth Defects Prevention Network
National Black Nurses Association
National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
National Healthy Start Association
National Indian Health Board
National Medical Association
National Perinatal Association
National Rural Health Association
National WIC Association
Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
Office of Minority Health Resource Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Partnership for Prevention
Preeclampsia Foundation
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Sidelines: National High-Risk Pregnancy Support Network
Smoke-Free Families
Society for Gynecologic Investigation
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Society for Public Health Education
Society of Pediatric Nurses
Vermont Oxford Network
Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

World Prematurity Network

The World Prematurity Network includes consumer and parent groups that are leaders in addressing preterm birth in their countries. Through joint efforts including World Prematurity Day on November 17, members call for actions to prevent preterm birth and improve care for babies born preterm.

Bliss, United Kingdom
Borngreat Foundation, Africa
European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants, Europe 
Home for Premature Babies, China
Little Big Souls, Africa
National Premmie Foundation, Australia

Most common questions

How does the Campaign work to achieve its goals?

The campaign funds research to find the causes of premature birth, and to identify and test promising interventions; educates health care providers and women about risk-reduction strategies; advocates to expand access to health care coverage to improve maternity care and infant health outcomes; provides information and emotional support to families affected by prematurity; and generates concern and action around the problem.

What are the goals of the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign?

The goals of the Prematurity Campaign are to reduce the rate of premature birth, and to raise public awareness about the seriousness of the problem.

Why is the problem of prematurity so important?

Prematurity is the leading killer of America's newborns. Those who survive often have lifelong health problems, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss.

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