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The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, our mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

Every week:

  • 76,016 babies are born in the US
  • 8,768 babies are born premature in the US
  • 5,873 babies are born to teen mothers (ages 15-19)
  • 6,071 babies are born low birthweight
  • 24,924 babies are delivered by cesarean section
  • 473 babies die before their first birthday

Every week in Alabama:

  • 58,167 babies are born each year
  • 8,780 babies are born prematurely
  • 1,760 babies are born with a birth defect
The average medical cost for a healthy full-term baby from birth through the first year is $4,389, compared to $54,194 for a baby born prematurely and/or at low birth weight. Preventing premature birth in Alabama could mean an annual savings up to $453 million.
Each year about 230 babies in Alabama receive life-saving surfactant therapy developed with funding by the March of Dimes.
Babies in Alabama receive screening for 30 inherited disorders. We funded the development of 4 of these tests and advocated for newborn screening for all babies.
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