March of Dimes
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.
Each year, a half million babies in the U.S. are born premature.
The Annual March of Dimes fundraiser has returned to the Tri-State this weekend and people will be marching to educate the public about all the programs benefiting babies suffering from pregnancy, birth and prematurity defects.
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.