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Working Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies 2013 March of Dimes.

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1 Working Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies 2013 March of Dimes

2 Our Cause More than 4 million babies were born last year, and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.

3 Our Mission Fund Research to understand problems & discover answers leading to prevention & treatment. To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality Help Moms have full-term pregnancies & healthy babies. Support Families providing comfort when their baby needs help to survive and thrive.

4 75 Years of Accomplishment

5 Prematurity Campaign Supports research Advocates for increased federal funding Educates consumers and professionals Provides support and comfort to affected families Increases awareness of prematurity as a serious public health problem

6 Local Challenges / Statistics In an average week in California: 10,135…..babies are born 1,038…..babies are born prematurely 688…..babies are born at low birth weight 57…..babies die before their first birthday Birth defects account for about 1 in 4 infant deaths in California 1 in 30 babies in California are born to a mother who received late or no prenatal care at all.

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8 Preterm by race/ethnicity California, Average Source: National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data. Retrieved August 9, 2009, from All race categories exclude Hispanics. Preterm is less than 37 completed weeks gestation. Categories do not sum to total since missing ethnicity data are not shown.

9 March for Babies - Los Angeles April 27 th Exposition Park 16,000 local participants #1 recognized major health charity by moms #2 recognized major health charity by women 96% of population knows March of Dimes 97% of moms know the March of Dimes

10 Please Join the HPMC Team Fundraise, Walk and Celebrate Babies. For More information or start your Departmental Team Contact Mary Bruno

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