In November of 2014, the March of Dimes joined with the University of Pennsylvania and other leading hospitals to launch the fourth transdisciplinary research center aimed exclusively at finding what causes preterm birth. The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of a team of accomplished investigators and faculty as they come together in this transdisciplinary and cross-institutional effort to solve the mysteries of preterm birth.

Like many expectant parents Danielle and Darwin Walker were excited about starting their family. But then their baby, Darwin II, was born 7 weeks early, weighing just 5 pounds, 6 ounces. Little Darwin spent the first weeks of his life in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) battling respiratory distress... more

  • Jessica Farber
  • Mom and nurse at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Prematurity doesn't play favorites. Even healthcare professionals can be surprised at the arrival of a preterm baby, as Jessica Farber, a nurse practitioner at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and her husband, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania, found. more