Overview

In May of 2013, the March of Dimes joined with Ohio’s leading universities and hospitals to launch the second prematurity research center aimed exclusively at finding the unknown causes of preterm birth. This video announcing the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of accomplished directors, investigators and faculty as they come together in this transdisciplinary and cross-institutional effort to solve the mysteries of preterm birth.

Kori Siroky gave birth to her first baby at 29 weeks, and she weighed 3 lbs, 3 oz. Three years later, her second child was also born prematurely (34 weeks and 5 lbs, 4 oz.) Why she delivered both babies prematurely continues to confound Kori, even today. more

The first 28 weeks of Jill Teeter’s pregnancy were normal and uneventful. But when she began not to feel well and doctors couldn’t explain why, they admitted her to the hospital. Less than 24 hours later, Jill went into labor and required an emergency C-section. more

“We have to move forward together to support this organization and its mission and commitment to have every baby born healthy and as close to term as possible. It’s so important.” more

"The March of Dimes saved my life and boy am I glad. Because now I get to do the things I love, like build sandcastles with my brother. As the National Ambassador, I am going to fight for premies, so that one day, all babies can be born healthy." —Josh more

The statistics are sobering. There are 15 million preterm births each year. The United States ranks 29th in infant mortality. But the statistics don't begin to tell the whole story. It all starts with a complete blindsiding. more

"Without the work of the March of Dimes, without their research, without their money, without their devotion to this extraordinary cause, my baby wouldn't be here today. And for that I will be forever grateful, and forever indebted to the March of Dimes." —Jane more

Maddie entered the world 14 weeks early weighing 1 lb., 6 oz. Despite her mother Sarah’s career as an OB/GYN and her father Mark’s as a General Surgeon, no amount of medical experience could have prepared them for such a difficult journey. more

Three year old Jasmin “Jazzy” Yael has never spoken a word yet captures your heart. Born 10 weeks early January 18th, 2011 with her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck Jazzy weighed just over three pounds. more

After several years of infertility treatments, Deanne and Frank were finally expecting their daughter, Annie. But at 23 weeks gestation, Deanne was admitted with severe hypertension and bleeding. Annie was born by emergency C-section at 26 weeks weighing 1 ½ pounds. more