The March of Dimes was formed in 1938 and today is a non-profit organization whose purpose it is to provide information, support research and raise funds for the prevention of birth defects. The main thrust of the organization is a volunteer workforce to conduct fund raising drives to support matters affecting maternal health during pregnancy and to prevent premature births, birth defects and infant mortality. The March of Dimes provides newsletters and an informative public web site for dispensing the latest news on maternal health and infants.
New research on pre-eclampsia in mice may have important implications for humans
In a new March of Dimes-funded study of pre-eclampsia, a serious and potentially deadly disorder that affects about 5 percent of pregnancies, researchers have found results in mice that may have important implications for ...
Preterm birth rates improve in most states
Eight states earned a better grade on the 2010 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card and 32 others and the District of Columbia saw their preterm birth rates improve.
Fertility drugs contribute heavily to multiple births
The widespread use of so-called fertility drugs, not just high-tech laboratory procedures, likely plays a larger role than previously realized in the growing problem of premature births in the United States, because these ...
Global death toll: 1 million premature babies every year
More than one million infants die each year because they are born too early, according to the just released White Paper, The Global and Regional Toll of Preterm Birth.
US gets a 'D' for preterm birth rate
For the second consecutive year, the United States earned only a "D" on the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card, demonstrating that more than half a million of our nation's newborns didn't get the healthy start they ...
Prevention is key research goal for premature babies, scientists say
Family history, infection and stress all may play a role in raising a woman's risk of having a premature baby - but they don't fully explain why some women give birth too soon and others don't, according to a review article ...
Federal report finds early births decline in most categories
For the first time in three decades, the nation - and most states - saw a two-year decline in preterm birth rates, indicating that strategies implemented over the past seven years have begun to pay off, according to the ...
Neonatal intensive care units critical to infant survival
Very low birthweight and very preterm infants are more likely to die if they are not born at hospitals with neonatal intensive care units specially equipped to care for seriously ill newborns, in contrast to similar babies ...
Preterm birth rate drops 3 percent
The nation's preterm birth rate dropped for the second consecutive year.
New research shows genes of pregnant women and their fetuses can increase the risk of preterm labor
New evidence that genetics play a significant role in some premature births may help explain why a woman can do everything right and still give birth too soon.