This post is sponsored by the Anthem Foundation.
In the United Sates, one out of every 10 babies is born prematurely, which is staggering considering that prematurity is the number one cause of death for babies in the U.S. That’s why the March of Dimes is dedicated to preventing premature births: Preventing premature births equals saving lives.
Since 2010, the Anthem Foundation has provided over $4.3 million in grant funding to help the March of Dimes grow and create programs that provide first trimester prenatal care and provide at-risk mothers with the tools they need to prevent low-birthweight babies and premature delivery.
The stakes are high because babies born even a few weeks early–before 37 weeks gestation– have higher rates of illness and spend more time hospitalized than full-term newborns.
Premature babies can face:
- Breathing problems
- Feeding difficulties
- Cerebral palsy
- Developmental delays
- Vision and hearing impairments.
Programs funded by the contributions of the Anthem Foundation include:
- Smoking Cessation
- Quality improvement initiatives related to the elimination of early elective deliveries
- Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait Community Programs®
- CenteringPregnancy® (CP)
CenteringPregnancy® (CP) has been particularly beneficial to expectant Latinas. The program brings together diverse groups of 8 to 10 women who are due around the same time; they meet for 9 sessions of group prenatal care and education. The group environment promotes engagement while learning and also helps foster a sense of community across racial and socio-economic backgrounds.
In the last year, more than 3,000 women were registered in the program and 1,410 of them were Latinas; that’s more than a third. The Census Bureau estimates that by 2020 there will be more than 13.8 million Hispanic women of childbearing age, which makes the continued funding of services like this essential for the Latino community.
Please press the play arrow to watch the video below, which details how the Anthem Foundation helps the March of Dimes take care of expectant mothers and save babies because it really is a matter of life and death.
Find out more about the Anthem Foundation here.
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