March for Babies
“Their respiratory rate is a little lower, which is very good for them. If you’re in a calmer state you’re going to grow better, faster, and go home sooner,” Dr. Aimee Telsey told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.
Thousands turned out early on Sunday morning for March for Babies, an event put on by March of Dimes which raises money to support research that helps prevent premature births.
Thousands are putting on their walking shoes this weekend to raise money and awareness for the March of Dimes. The March for Babies is the signature event of the year for the organization, and it’s dedicated to protecting premature babies.
Premature birth is actually a common experience, but it is often unexplained. Many refer to the experience as birth without joy, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
A woman who spent her life helping others deal with a troubling situation is now helping her own family deal with it, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
The program at the Institute for Family Health, called CenteringPregnancy, brings women out of exam rooms and into groups for their care.
“It makes it fun because it encourages you to go. You know that you’re being rewarded,” said Bronx mom Brenda Ouyor, who just graduated from the program.
The March of Dimes, in its fight to prevent premature births, has tackled elective c-sections where the mother or doctor opt for delivery before 39 weeks.
Doctors working to bring down the ever-growing rate of premature birth say prevention starts with the parents.
One in 8 babies are born prematurely in the United States each year and the societal costs are enormous.
Doctors didn’t hold out much hope for Patricia Wipple’s daughter.
For Patty Frisbee, giving birth was not the blessed event she had always dreamed of.
In some parts of the city, 1 in 3 expectant mothers are considered obese and Dr. Adam Buckley, an OB/GYN and patient safety expert at Beth Israel Medical Center, calls it a “significant problem.”
March for Babies is March of Dimes largest annual fundraiser. Dollars raised go to support research, advocacy, community programs and education to help give every baby a healthy start.