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.

Ferring commits $10 million to March of Dimes to expand research needed to end preterm birth

May 23, 2017

March of Dimes

Ferring Pharmaceuticals and the March of Dimes Foundation announced today that Ferring has committed $10 million to support the network of March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers that are discovering the biological causes of preterm birth. Included in Ferring's contribution is funding for a new European-based Prematurity Center, which will become...

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Macy’s Extends Annual “Shop For A Cause” To Weekend Long EventNew News Page

August 22, 2016

March of Dimes

From Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28, Macy’s offers customers a 25 percent discount with a $5 donation to the March of Dimes or thousands of other participating local charities Macy’s invites customers to participate in its 11th annual national Shop For A Cause charity event beginning on Friday, Aug.

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Kmart Encourages Shoppers to be Superheroes for the March of Dimes

June 6, 2016

March of Dimes

As the top corporate fundraiser for the March of Dimes, Kmart is leading the charge for another year of donations by calling on its Shop Your Way members and shoppers to join the fight and be a superhero for at-risk moms and babies.

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March of Dimes Says Preterm Birth Rate Increase Is A Wake-Up Call

June 2, 2016

March of Dimes

For the first time in eight years, the national preterm birth rate has increased rather than decreased, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The 2015 preliminary preterm birth rate for the U.S. was up slightly, to 9.62 percent from 9.57 percent in 2014.

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Thousands Of Premature Births In U.S. Linked To Air Pollution, Study Finds

March 29, 2016

March of Dimes

About 16,000 premature births in the United States are affected by air pollution, with peak numbers in urban counties primarily in the Ohio Valley, Southern California, and the Eastern part of the nation, a new study finds.

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New Research Uses Nanotechnology to Prevent Preterm Birth

February 4, 2016

March of Dimes

Using nanoparticles to engineer a special drug, a team of researchers has demonstrated in mice a new way to both reduce preterm birth and avoid the risks of medication in pregnancy to unborn babies. 

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Paulina and Josh Levine, Parents of Premature Babies, Named National Family Team Chairs for 2016 March for Babies

January 5, 2016

March of Dimes

Paulina and Josh Levine have been named National Family Team Chairs for the 2016 March for Babies by the March of Dimes, it was announced today. The couple’s tiny twin daughters Chloe and Isabelle were born prematurely at 26 weeks and died in their parents’ arms shortly after their birth.

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Preterm Birth Places a Multi-Billion-Dollar Burden on Business Annually

December 11, 2015

March of Dimes

The reality of preterm birth is heart-wrenching and costly. The statistics are sobering.  1 in 10 babies is born preterm (less than 37 weeks gestation) each year in the United States. Preterm birth is the number one killer of newborns in the United States.

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Reducing Infant Mortality and Premature Birth

December 9, 2015

March of Dimes

Reducing infant mortality is part of the March of Dimes mission, and for infant death rates to reach an historic low is worthy of celebration.  We are proud that the March of Dimes Prematurity Prevention Campaign, launched in 2003, has played a key role in reducing preterm birth and associated...

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March of Dimes-funded scientists create new genetic tool for prematurity research

November 11, 2015

March of Dimes Press Release

A new, integrated online database of genes and other information related to pregnancy has been developed by March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center investigators to help fine-tune questions, theories, and experiments to uncover the unknown causes of preterm birth.

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Leading Medical, Children’s and Women’s Health Groups Applaud House Passage of Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015

September 8, 2015

March of Dimes Press Release

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the March of Dimes commend the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the bipartisan Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015 (H.R. 1462) today.

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Shorter Women Have Shorter Pregnancies

August 18, 2015

March of Dimes Press Release

Shorter mothers have shorter pregnancies, smaller babies, and higher risk for a preterm birth. New research has found that a mother’s height directly influences her risk for preterm birth. 

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The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative announces its 2015 funding cycle for its Innovation Catalyst Grant Program

July 23, 2015

Innovation Catalyst Grant Program

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March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative Receives $250,000

December 19, 2014

CareSource Foundation and March of Dimes Press Release

The CareSource Foundation has awarded a $250,000 signature grant to the March of Dimes during a presentation at the CareSource headquarters in Dayton., Ohio. 

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March of Dimes Ohio Collaborative Announces Innovation Catalyst Grant Awards

November 21, 2014

March of Dimes Press Release

The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative is pleased to announce its Fall, 2014 Innovation Catalyst grant awards. This grant program is jointly funded by the March of Dimes and the Ohio Collaborative partnering institutions. Over $300,000 has been awarded over two years to support four projects.

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Parents of sick and premature babies get help from new program at University of Cincinnati Medical Center

May 19, 2014

March of Dimes Press Release

Launch Marks One-Year Anniversary of Ohio Research Collaborative to Learn Unknown Causes of Prematurity

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Louis J. Muglia, M.D., Ph.D., Elected to Institute of Medicine

October 23, 2013

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Press Release

Louis J. Muglia, M.D., Ph.D, Co-Director of the Perinatal Institute and Director of the Center for Prevention of Preterm Birth at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, has been elected to membership in the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy...

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Enhanced March of Dimes “ShareYourStory®” Website Announced

September 30, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

Parents of premature babies from around the world are finding comfort and understanding online at Shareyourstory.org. The March of Dimes ShareYourStory online community has re-launched with new features to help parents with a sick newborn move through difficult emotions, cope with loss and grief, and begin to heal.

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U.S. Senate Passes Preemie Reauthorization Act

September 25, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

The U.S. Senate has passed S. 252, the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes federal research, education and intervention activities related to preterm birth and infant mortality. “The March of Dimes applauds the passage by the Senate of the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act,“ said Dr. Jennifer L.

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March of Dimes Earns Place on Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies List

September 17, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

March of Dimes efforts to help families balance work and family have been recognized again by the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list. “Our goal is healthy pregnancies and healthy babies, and our benefits and policies are designed to give our employees the best chance to achieve that,” said Dr. Jennifer L.

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US Preterm Birth Rate Declines for 6th Consecutive Year, Says Federal Report

September 6, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

The US preterm birth rate fell for the sixth consecutive year in 2012 to 11.54 percent of all births, the lowest it has been in 15 years and a 10 percent decline since the 2006 peak of 12.8 percent, according to the National Center for Health Statics report issued today. “This...

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March of Dimes Urges Pregnant Women to Get a Flu Shot

August 29, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

Getting a “flu” vaccine during pregnancy is safe for both the mother and her unborn baby and can protect both of them from the influenza virus infection and its possible health consequences. Health complications resulting from influenza infection, such as pneumonia, can be serious and even deadly, according to the March...

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New Pregnancy-Focused Electronic Health History Software Available

August 13, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

A free, state-of-the-art, computer-based tool to help identify and address potential pregnancy conditions that may put the health of the mother and her baby at risk now is available to health care providers.

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Nation Celebrates 50th Anniversary of First Newborn Screening Test

August 1, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

Fifty years ago, a researcher funded by the March of Dimes developed the first newborn screening test. Today, there are tests for more than 30 treatable conditions and thousands of lives have been saved. The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act, introduced in the U.S.

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Cesarean Delivery Rate Plateaus, While Rates Among Early Term Babies Decline

June 27, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

The cesarean delivery rate in the United States has remained stable overall since 2009, but has declined significantly among early term babies, thanks in part to efforts to improve perinatal care quality, changes in hospital policies, and public education sponsored by the March of Dimes and its partners.

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Geneticists Solve Mystery of Rare Birth Defect’s Variable Severity with Funding fr

June 13, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

With support from a March of Dimes Foundation grant, scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have solved the mystery of why some infants are born with a severe form of a rare birth defect involving cleft palate and major deformities of the skin and limbs, while other babies with...

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Statement of Dr. Jennifer Howse, President, March of Dimes on the Supreme Court Decision Related to Gene Patenting

June 13, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

The March of Dimes is delighted with today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision in the case Association of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, finding that the mere identification of a gene or mutation is insufficient to qualify for a patent,” stated Dr. Jennifer Howse, President of the March of Dimes. “This decision...

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Mental Health Medications and Pregnancy

June 6, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

No woman should stop taking her mental health medication if she gets pregnant without first talking to her doctor, experts said today at a luncheon for reporters hosted by March of Dimes National Communications Advisory Council. Some young women have been on antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, or medication for attention deficit disorders...

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Seven states achieve substantial reductions in preterm birth

June 4, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

Thousands of babies were spared the health consequences of an early birth and potentially millions in health care and societal costs were avoided in seven states honored by the March of Dimes for their leadership in preventing preterm birth. Colorado, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, and Wyoming each will receive the...

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