Overview

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.

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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Preterm Birth Research Undergraduate Summer Program

January 16, 2017

The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce a summer research program for Penn undergraduate students. 

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Macy’s Extends Annual “Shop For A Cause” To Weekend Long Event

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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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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March Of Dimes and University Of Pennsylvania Launch Pioneering Prematurity Research Center on World Prematurity Day

November 17, 2014

March of Dimes Press Release

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the March of Dimes Foundation announce the launch of a new $10 million Prematurity Research Center here.

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Statement of Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President, March of Dimes on the Introduction of CHIP Reauthorization Legislation

June 11, 2014

March of Dimes Press Release

The March of Dimes released today the following statement from President Dr. Jennifer L. Howse regarding Senator Jay Rockefeller’s (D-WV) introduction of legislation to extend funding for the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

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March of Dimes 2014 National Ambassadors and Senior Leadership Meet with President Obama

May 1, 2014

March of Dimes Press Release

These national volunteers represented the March of Dimes and the nearly 500,000 babies born prematurely each year. Their visit continues the March of Dimes 68-year tradition of National Ambassador visits to the White House.

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March Of Dimes Honors Founder FDR at Presidential Library Launches Research Campaign to End Premature Birth

April 10, 2014

March of Dimes Press Release

The March of Dimes unveiled a new exhibit commissioned to tell the story of its history and that of its founder – FDR – today at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, N.Y. Created to celebrate the March of Dimes 75th Anniversary in 2013

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Famed Photographer Anne Geddes Helps March of Dimes Focus Attention on Premature Birth

March 20, 2014

March of Dimes Press Release

World-renowned photographer Anne Geddes is lending her talent to support the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign and World Prematurity Day 2014 by taking an exclusive image this week that will be released specifically for the campaign in November.

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Leading Corporations March for Babies Bottom Line is More than Healthcare Savings

February 27, 2014

March of Dimes Press Release

An extensive list of national and international corporations are supporting the March of Dimes signature fundraiser, March for Babies, because they know their efforts go beyond good business and healthcare savings – they also help save babies lives.

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Premature Babies Cost Employers $12.7 Billion Annually

February 7, 2014

March of Dimes Press Release

Preterm birth costs employers more than $12 billion in excess health care costs, according to new statistics from the March of Dimes. The high cost of preemies was spotlighted recently when AOL cited cuts to the company’s 401(k) benefits on two “distressed” babies born to women working at the company.

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Researchers Identify New Approach to Personalize Prevention of Preterm Birth

February 3, 2014

March of Dimes Press Release

New research findings may soon help doctors personalize preterm birth prevention treatments by identifying which women at higher risk for preterm birth will be helped by progesterone injections. Injections of one type of progesterone, a synthetic form of a hormone naturally produced during pregnancy, have been shown to reduce the...

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President Signs Preemie Reauthorization Act into Law

November 27, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

President Barack Obama signed into law S. 252, the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act, a bill to reauthorize federal research, education and intervention activities related to preterm birth and infant mortality.  “The PREEMIE Act represents the federal government’s commitment to reducing the devastating toll of preterm birth,” stated Dr. Jennifer L.

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Fox News Goes In-Depth on Premature Birth Report Card and Improving Trends

November 14, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

March of Dimes president, Dr. Jennifer L. Howse Fox sat down with last week with Fox News’ Senior Managing Editor for Health News, Dr. Manny Alverez, to have a candid talk about America’s preterm birth rate, the foundations latest Premature Birth Report Card and how the US can continue to reduce...

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Preemie Reauthorization Act Passes Senate; Now Goes to President For Signature

November 14, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

The U.S. Senate has passed S. 252, the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act, representing the final step in the bill’s consideration by Congress. The legislation, which reauthorizes federal research, education and intervention activities related to preterm birth and infant mortality, now goes to the President for signature into law.

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Leading Health and Philanthropic Organizations Outline Plan to Address Global Burden of Preterm Birth

November 14, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

Leading researchers and global health organizations today issued a call-to-action to advance a comprehensive research agenda to address the global burden of preterm birth, which has become the leading cause of newborn deaths worldwide. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and...

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Empire State Building Lights Purple for 2013 World Prematurity Day

November 13, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

The Empire State Building towers will light purple today in honor of the third annual World Prematurity Day. Parent groups and organizations worldwide are joining together to raise awareness of the serious problem of premature birth.

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Celebrities Support World Prematurity day

November 11, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

International superstars Celine Dion, Pink, Thalia, and world-famous photographer Anne Geddes will join other celebrity parents to send virtual hugs and spread the word that premature birth is a very serious health problem for babies worldwide.

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US Preterm Birth Rate Drops To 15-Year Low

November 1, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

The United States’ preterm birth rate dropped for the sixth consecutive year in 2012 to 11.5 percent, a 15-year low. Six states – Alaska, California, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont – earned an “A” on the March of Dimes 2013 Premature Birth Report Card as their preterm birth rates met...

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March of Dimes Welcomes ACOG and SMFM full-term pregnancy definition

October 23, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine has issued a new opinion that defines the length of a full-term pregnancy. The following statement was issued today by March of Dimes Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Edward R.B. McCabe:

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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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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.

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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 from March of Dimes

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 the...

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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.

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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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New multi-million dollar research center aims to solve the mystery of premature birth

May 21, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

Three major Ohio universities and four hospitals have joined with the March of Dimes Foundation to establish a new collaborative research program aimed exclusively at finding the unknown causes of premature birth. The March of Dimes intends to invest $10 million in the program over five years.

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End early elective deliveries, say 7 major health organizations

May 5, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

Seven national health organizations, representing the major players in the delivery of maternity care in the United States, are calling upon the 3,000-plus maternity care hospitals nationwide to adopt new policies to reduce elective early deliveries and help more babies get a healthy start in life. 

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Infant mortality rates hit all-time low

April 22, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

Babies in the United States had a better chance of surviving infancy in 2011 than ever before. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the US infant mortality rate fell in 2011 to 6.05 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births, an all-time low. 

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March of Dimes celebrates Salk vaccine anniversary

April 12, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

This date in 1955 will forever be remembered as the day epidemic polio, “the killer, the crippler” disease, began losing its grip, historians say. Today, the March of Dimes celebrates the Salk polio vaccine and other significant research and medical breakthroughs for the health of babies and children over the...

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Fewer unnecessary early deliveries seen In multistate, hospital-based study

April 8, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

A study published today in Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that multistate, hospital-based quality improvement programs can be remarkably effective at reducing early elective deliveries of babies. The rate of elective early term deliveries (i.e., inductions of labor and Cesarean sections without a medical reason) in a group of 25 participating hospitals...

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March of Dimes presents prominent geneticist honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

March 20, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

A geneticist and pediatrician who played a key role in developing the uniform panel of serious disorders for which nearly every baby in the United States now is tested has received the March of Dimes Col. Harland D. Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics.

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Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act is introduced in House of Representatives; March of Dimes urges swift passage

March 20, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) today introduced the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act, which reauthorizes critical federal activities that assist states in improving and expanding their newborn screening programs, supporting parent and provider newborn screening education, and ensuring laboratory quality and surveillance.

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March of Dimes awards $250,000 prize to scientist who identified genes responsible for heart diseases

March 8, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

A scientist whose research suggests potential cures for heart disease and treatment for heart defects – the most common type of birth defects – will receive the 2013 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology. About 35,000 infants (1 out of every 125) are born with heart defects each year...

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March of Dimes funds new preterm birth research

March 5, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

Five researchers from four states are investigating how genetics and infections interact to cause preterm birth as well as how proteins and hormones regulate a healthy pregnancy, all with the goal of giving more babies a healthy start in life, the March of Dimes announced today.

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Senate committee on health, education, labor and pensions approves legislation to prevent preterm birth

February 13, 2013

March of Dimes Press Release

Today the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions approved the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act (S.252). The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes federal research, education and intervention activities related to preterm birth and infant mortality. 

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From polio to prematurity: March Of Dimes celebrates 75 years of life-saving achievements

December 28, 2012

March of Dimes Press Release

March of Dimes, the leading non-profit organization for maternal and infant health, will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2013 and its ongoing work to help all babies get a healthy start in life. About  4 million babies are born in the United States each year...

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The Leading Edge Of Medical innovation: New prenatal genetic tests use mom’s blood to learn about her baby

December 12, 2012

March of Dimes Press Release

New prenatal tests can give some parents piece of mind – sooner and with greater accuracy and less risk of miscarriage than current tests – that the baby they’re expecting doesn’t have a disorder. The new tests, which use fetal DNA suspended in the mother’s blood, can test for chromosomal disorders...

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A new global focus on preterm births

November 16, 2012

March of Dimes Press Release

Preterm birth is the world's largest killer of newborn babies, causing more than 1 million deaths each year, yet 75 percent could be saved without expensive, high technology care. That's the primary message and motivating theme of World Prematurity Day, November 17, a global effort to raise awareness of the deaths and disabilities...

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U.S. Senate passes legislation to help prevent premature birth

November 15, 2012

March of Dimes Press Release

The U.S. Senate tonight passed the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act (S.1440). The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes federal research, education and intervention activities related to preterm birth and infant mortality.

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Us preterm birth rate shows five-year improvement

November 13, 2012

March of Dimes Press Release

Preterm birth rates improved in almost every state between 2006 and 2009, and in several states the change was more than 10 percent, according to the March of Dimes 2011 Premature Birth Report Card.“The three-year improvement in the U.S.

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Myths of prematurity

March 30, 2011

The Bay Citizen Citizen Blog - by Dr. Jennifer Howse

A pregnancy that ends between 20 weeks and 37 weeks is considered preterm. While there are now fewer babies in the U.S. who are born early each year, one in eight babies still are, one of the highest rates among industrialized nations.

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