Every year, more than half a million babies are born too soon, 7,600 of them right here in Oklahoma. With your help, we work to improve the health of babies and support families if something does go wrong.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone in our state after the horrifying tornado. Our hearts go out to all the families and communities affected by this disaster. First responders have told us cash donations are the greatest need. Please contact the Red Cross www.redcross.org or Salvation Army. salvationarmyusa.org
If you’re pregnant please remember that you have unique needs following a disaster. If you are experiencing any medical effects from the disaster please contact your health care provider or go to the nearest hospital. If you're in a shelter, immediately go to the person in charge of your site. Tell him or her you need medical care right away.
If your pregnancy is healthy you'll want to take steps to ensure you stay healthy. Try to maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of safe drinking water. Watch for signs of labor as stress can be a risk factor. Some signs of labor include: contractions; low, dull backache; and cramping. For more information about signs of preterm labor and how to take care of yourself after a disaster please go to
The March of Dimes Oklahoma Chapter awards grants to local organizations to meet the urgent needs of babies and families in our communities. Learn about the initiatives we’re supporting and how you can help give babies a strong, healthy futures.