“I woke up in the middle of the night and knew something wasn’t right. My husband and I rushed to the hospital and Theresa was born soon after we got there. We were fortunate to bring Theresa home after spending 9 days in the NICU. And now, many years later, Theresa is thriving and works at ALEX AND ANI." - Beth, proud mom.
This holiday season you can support families when you shop the March of Dimes Gift Guide. You’ll find meaningful gifts like the @alexandani Baby Block bangle. ALEX AND ANI will donate 20 percent of the purchase price from the baby block bangle to March of Dimes to help give every baby the best possible start. gifts.marchofdimes.org
GREAT NEWS for moms and babies – the House will vote on both the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act and the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act as soon as Tuesday! Tell your Representative to vote YES on both these bills to save mothers’ lives and prevent and treat preterm birth. Lend your social voice and urge lawmakers for both PREEMIE https://bit.ly/2Sv6JSp and to pass legislation to prevent maternal mortality https://p2a.co/ivkBRvG #BlanketChange
Pregnant? Protect yourself & your baby this flu season by getting your annual flu shot. Recent @CDCgov co-authored research documents that pregnant women who got a flu shot were 40 percent less likely to be hospitalized with flu! Learn more at News Moms Need: newsmomsneed.marchofdimes.org
In our 80-year history, we can point to many meaningful achievements thanks to the generosity and support of donors like you! Take our six question quiz to see decades of progress, all made possible by your support. Quiz at http://bit.ly/MODhistoryquiz.
If you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it's important to know the signs of preterm labor. If you have even one sign or symptom, call your health care provider. Getting help quickly is the best thing to do:
1. Change in your vaginal discharge (watery, mucus or bloody) or more vaginal discharge than usual
2. Pressure in your pelvis or lower belly, like your baby is pushing down
3. Constant low, dull backache
4. Belly cramps with or without diarrhea
5. Regular or frequent contractions that make your belly tighten like a fist. The contractions may or may not be painful
6. Your water breaks.
Find our full infographic and health action sheet at marchofdimes.org.
On your birthday, you can help give every baby the chance to celebrate their special day. Visit facebook.com/fundraisers, select March of Dimes and follow the steps to create a fundraiser. When a society supports every family, the future is brighter for us all.
A beautiful message of hope from @maysaleakmusic and a reminder that you are not alone! On tour in Japan in 1999, she gave birth to her son at 25 weeks. When her work visa expired, she had to return home to the U.S. while he remained in the NICU. Her new single, You Are Not Alone, is a tribute. Check it out at marchofdimes.org/maysa.
When Tyler Ott of the Seattle Seahawks took the field on Sunday, his cleats showed his support for a cause near to his heart. Born one month too soon, he spent a week in NICU. "For My Cause My Cleats I’m supporting the March of Dimes Oklahoma. It’s a chance to raise awareness for the March of Dimes mission, and to help moms and babies in my home state start healthy, happy families," says Tyler. He's teamed with kicker Sebastian Janikowski and holder Michael Dickson to pledge $125 for each field goal and extra point they make this season to March of Dimes Washington and Oklahoma!
Congratulations to our own Stacey D. Stewart, President, March of Dimes, named a 2018 EBONY Power 100 honoree! Recognized in the "Disruptor Category" as the first Black female president to lead our 80 year-old organization, we couldn't be prouder of her leadership and passion! Tonight she'll be among the distinguished honorees at the Power 100 Gala in Beverly Hills, CA, hosted by actor and comedian Chris Tucker. Follow along on social media at #EBONYPower100.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath; the Olympic U.S. Women's National Hockey Team, gold medalists at the 2018 Winter Games; Robert D. Manfred, Jr., Commissioner of Baseball, and Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming, Showtime Networks, were honored this week at the March of Dimes 35th Annual Sports Luncheon in New York City. Emceed by Savannah Guthrie of the Today Show and Mike Tirico, NBC Sports, this special event raised over $1 million for the fight for the health of all moms and babies!
Photos by Hechler Photography.
As Prematurity Awareness Month comes to a close, we are grateful to all of you who shared your photos, wrote about your journeys, advocated for the PREEMIE Act, made a donation, and shared our messages widely to raise awareness. We are grateful for all you do to support the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Keep sharing and connecting on our supportive online community, Share Your Story, at share.marchofdimes.org.
We’re honored that Grammy-nominated recording artist @maysaleakmusic has released a powerful new single, You Are Not Alone, to raise awareness this Prematurity Awareness Month and to support March of Dimes. Her song serves as a rally cry and tribute to the 15 million babies born too soon each year around the globe. Check out the music video at marchofdimes.org/maysa.