Supporting moms all throughout their pregnancies
We give moms the information and care they need before, during and after pregnancy. If something goes wrong, we support families in the NICU. Learn more about some of our community programs below.
More and more births are being scheduled a little early for non-medical reasons. Experts are learning that this can cause problems for both mother and baby. The March of Dimes, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Hospital Association are working together on a public education campaign to educate women on why the last weeks of pregnancy count. The message is simple. If possible, it's best to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. If your pregnancy is healthy, wait for labor to begin on its own. Healthy babies are worth the wait.
The Minnesota Chapter is offering this Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait Toolkit to identify resources for this education campaign.
NICU Family Support
When a baby is born too soon or very sick and starts life in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU), the March of Dimes is there to support the family. One in every 10 babies born in the United States is admitted to a NICU. Some babies spend just a couple of days, others many long months. Having a baby hospitalized in a NICU can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming. NICU Family Support offers information and comfort. We enhance family-centered care practices in partner hospitals to address the needs of families and provide professional education to NICU staff.
The NICU Family Support project was launched at St. Cloud Hospital in 2006 and continues to promote family centered care principles and provide support for NICU families. A second NICU Family Support will open in the Twin Cities in the spring of 2012.
March of Dimes has created a free tool to help employees make better health care decisions. Healthy Babies, Healthy Business is a multi-dimensional health education program for the workplace. It offers six resources to help companies improve employee health and the health of the company's bottom line.
Stork’s Nest is a program designed to increase the number of pregnant women who begin prenatal care in the first trimester and continue regular prenatal visits until their babies are born. Stork’s Nest is designed for low-income women of all backgrounds. The March of Dimes is working with the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and North Point Health and Wellness Center to create Minnesota’s first Stork’s Nest.
Professional education and resources
The March of Dimes Minnesota Chapter works with community partners to provide continuing education for perinatal health care providers on topics relevant to the March of Dimes mission. Upcoming topics include: neonatal care, why the last weeks of pregnancy count and more. Email or call (952) 835-3033 for more information