Fighting For 37 Weeks or More!

Imagine having a baby three months early that weighs less than two pounds. You don’t know if your child will survive. You don’t understand why this has happened.

Babies are born too soon every day in West Michigan and communities across the nation. More than half a million babies are born prematurely each year in the United States—an increase of 30 percent since 1981. Premature birth is the #1 cause of death during the first month of life. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, lung problems, and vision and hearing loss.

The March of Dimes is inspired by all babies—those born healthy and those who need our help to survive and thrive. The March of Dimes is funding all-important research by the best scientists to learn ways to help more pregnancies go full term (at least 37 completed weeks).

Your generous donation will help do the following:

  • $5,000 pays for a one-year supply of Parent Care Kits, providing essential information and support that families need when their baby is in the NICU.
  • $3,000 provides the Close To Me program to 160 families in a hospital, bringing information and resources about the importance of skin-to-skin contact.
  • Each $1,500 provides memory boxes and bereavement materials to 50 families.
  • Each $1,000 provides 350 children’s books for parents to read to their babies.
  • Every $500 provides 35 families with an educational kit to help siblings cope with the NICU.
  • Every $250 provides 25 families with a disposable camera, photo album and frame so they can take and display pictures of their baby while in the NICU.
  • Every $100 will provide 2,000 families with information about shareyourstory.org, the March of Dimes online community that supports families with a baby in the NICU.


Your donation is 100% tax-deductible.

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The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babiesby preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.