Overview

In November of 2014, the March of Dimes joined with Washington University in St. Louis to launch the third prematurity research center aimed exclusively at finding the unknown causes of preterm birth. This web site announces the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis and demonstrates the commitment and enthusiasm of accomplished directors, investigators, and faculty members as they come together in this transdisciplinary effort to solve the mysteries of preterm birth.

In 2012, Kurt and Ashley Schafluetzel were thrilled to learn they were expecting their first child. Ashley was having a great pregnancy until an alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) test showed some concern. They scheduled a high-risk ultrasound and discovered their baby was “perfect, just small.” more

For many parents with a baby born prematurely, simply leaving the hospital can be emotionally draining.  more

When Michele Imel-Kebe was pregnant with her twin daughters and experiencing contractions at 34 weeks, she faced an excruciating choice: whether to deliver both prematurely, or to try and delay the pregnancy even though one of them, Ava, was no longer growing, was losing fluid, and was experiencing reduced blood... more

Our sweet baby girls, Elle Claire and Carly Elizabeth were born extremely early four years ago. Each weighed just over one pound. Their bodies were not ready for this world as they needed nearly four more months to grow and develop. more