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March of Dimes cares for mothers, babies

By Staff | Mar 12, 2010

At the March of Dimes, we promise to work tirelessly toward the day when all babies are born healthy.

Babies have been at the heart of our mission since 1958, when we shifted our mission focus to pregnancy and baby health. Although you may not know it, you have been touched by the March of Dimes if

Your baby or a baby you know was born prematurely, too small and too soon, and received life-saving lung surfactant therapy to help with breathing

You know that neural tube defects, like Spina Bifida, can be prevented up to 70 percent of the time with a daily multivitamin with 400 micrograms of the B vitamin folic acid before and during pregnancy

Your baby or a baby you know was cared for in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

You and your children were vaccinated against polio

You or someone in your family received the PKU test after birth. The PKU test is a heel prick blood test that can diagnose a disorder which causes severe mental retardation if left untreated

You are aware that alcohol, drug and tobacco use during conception and pregnancy can lead to severe birth defects

You or someone you know received a rubella vaccine

You have also been touched by the March of Dimes if you are the parents of one of the approximately 2927 babies born prematurely in West Virginia in the last year. They provide support and resources to families in the NICU wondering when or if they’ll be able to take their baby home. March of Dimes strives to prevent prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality through research and community programs.

March for Babies is the easiest way you can support their mission. Join the hundreds of walkers who walk in Berkeley and/or Jefferson County each year to raise much-needed funds. This year’s events take place on April 24 at War Memorial Park in Berkeley County and on May 8 at Morgan Grove Park in Jefferson County. We welcome families, friends, individuals, and companies to attend the event. Babies are especially welcome!

Help us give every baby a healthy start. Sign up at marchforbabies.org, call 304-263-2003 or email abaronner@marchforbabies.com. If you prefer to make a donation, please mail it to 305 West King Street, Martinsburg, WV, 25401.


Ann Baronner

Family Team Specialist