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1 in 8 Babies is Born Too Soon
In 2005, 1 in 8 babies (12.7% of live births) was born premature in the United States. For more perinatal health data, visit the March of Dimes PeriStats web site. The PeriStats web site provides:
- Free access to U.S., state and local maternal and infant health data aggregated from more than 11 government agencies and organizations.
- Easy access to more than 60,000 graphs, maps, and tables.
- Over 100 health indicators, including measure of prenatal care adequacy, low birthweight, preterm birth, and infant mortality, within many indicators stratified by race, ethnicity and maternal age.
- Detailed perinatal data for the largest U.S. cities and countries.
The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects. Create a virtual band in honor or in memory of a person, an organization, or even a baby-on-the-way and you'll be Banding Together with individuals from all across the nation in support of one goal, saving babies. Your donation will go toward life-saving research. Donate!
National Prematurity Awareness Day
The March of Dimes has designated November as Prematurity Awareness Month to let us know that premature birth is a crisis in our country and to bring people together to help give all babies their 9 months. The March of Dimes is leading a national effort to save babies from premature birth by funding research to find the causes.
Click here to find out what you can do to help prevent premature birth. You can send a message of hope for premature babies by wearing pink and blue, raising awareness with wristbands, car magnets and ribbons, sending e-mails and letters, and supporting research.