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Support World Prematurity Day

World Prematurity Day, the March of Dimes joins with parent groups and organizations in countries around the world to raise awareness about premature birth and how it can be prevented.

A five-picture collage showing a purple lit bridge in Canada, a close up of a wrapped premature baby’s face, baby socks hanging in Macedonia, purple lit arch in Italy and an African mother holding a premature baby.

Bring home a little kangaroo

In honor of World Prematurity Day, purchase two of kangaroo plush beanies for just $20, including shipping. We'll send you one to keep and we’ll send the second to a family in a newborn intensive care unit (NICU). By sending a beanie, you help spread the word about the important health benefits of kangaroo care. You also bring a little bit of comfort to a family during a difficult time.

Purchase a Hugs Heal t-shirt today.

Wear your support of World Prematurity Day

Get your fashion tee for $22, which includes shipping. Your purchase helps prevent premature birth and brings comfort to families of babies born too soon.

Send a little bit of comfort to a family in the NICU.

15 million babies are born too soon worldwide

Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death each year. Download our infographic to learn the facts.

A tiny African-American premature baby in knit cap looks directly into the camera as nurse holds his head and chest.

Team science

Many of the causes of premature birth are still unknown. The March of Dimes has launched a major new research initiative to find the causes of premature birth. We are creating a network of five Prematurity Research Centers. Two centers are already at work, with hundreds of researchers working as a team to uncover the causes of premature birth.

Close up of African-American mother gently holding premature baby close to her chest.
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Learn More

Watch our videos to learn more about the serious problem of premature birth. Help spread the message by clicking the Share button within the video to post it to your social media of choice.

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Show support with a gift

Research is the key to finding answers to why so many babies are born too soon. Your gift helps fund treatments and preventions.

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