Friday, November 4, 2011

March of Dimes - March for Babies

Right after Roxy's discharge from the hospital, I began looking for ways to give back after all the great care she received while in the NICU.  Doctors and nurses who deal with these teeny babies are exceptional.  We loved our doctors and almost every single nurse.  Of course, we had our favorite, but who doesn't!

While looking into ways to give back for prematurity, I ran upon the March of Dimes website and learned that a March for Babies was scheduled in our area just a couple months away.  I immediately signed up to have Team Roxy there and enlisted the help of family and friends.  

When I read up on what the March of Dimes' mission is, what they are doing, and the information on their website, it became clear to me that this was the organization that I wanted to be a part of.  They are working toward an end to prematurity and I want to help!

The mission of the March of Dimes?  To help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems threatening the health of babies.  


One of the things that MOD has done is team with Johnson & Johnson and local health departments to implement the Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait program.  It was piloted in Kentucky and now there are collaborations going on in New Jersey and Texas.  The basis of the program is to eliminate preventable preterm birth.  You can read more information about the program here on the MOD website.  

The March of Dimes also releases a Preterm Birth Report Card every year that covers the entire nation as a whole as well as each individual state.  The grades are the normal A, B, C, etc.  The report card was public on 11/1 this year and I was ecstatic to see that Kentucky increased from an 'F' last year to a 'D' this year.  Not where we want to be, but better than before!  The national rate is also improving.  We are at a 'C' for the nation this year.  The categories of women smoking and late pre-term birth both decreased.  The rate of uninsured women, unfortunately, increased by 0.10%.  To see how your state did, check the report card out here.  

I strongly urge you to visit the March of Dimes' website.  Link up on Twitter and Facebook.  Learn more about prematurity and other health problems standing in the way of healthy babies and become involved.  


Team Roxy has participated in the March for Babies for two years.  Our first year, we raised $1,365 and this year we raised $2,563.  We're already working on next year's fundraising and looking forward to another successful year.  



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2 comments:

  1. Wow. Nevada got a D. But Oregon has a B. T was conceived in Oregon. Maybe I should have stayed there for the birth. (kidding) (kind of)

    Thanks for sharing this information. I'm impressed with how much you've raised on both your walks so far. I participated in the walk for the first time this year & didn't make all that much. But I'm proud of every dollar I did raise. Because even the smallest amounts count. I'm going to be a fundraising powerhouse next year. (hopefully)

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  2. Additional note: Nevada was 0.01% away from an F grade the year T was born. Wow.

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