Ashford University, a Bridgepoint Education academic institution, showed its support of the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces by sponsoring a baby shower for dozens of expectant mothers with ties to the military.
Nearly one in 10 of the world’s babies is born premature, and about 1 million infants die each year as a result, says a startling new report researched and released by the March of Dimes. The vast majority–about 85 percent–of the preemies born each year in Africa and Asia.
Military moms whose babies were born too soon or too sick were treated to a very special baby shower September 20 at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) courtesy of the March of Dimes and Operation Shower.
Jennifer Lopez lent a hand to the March of Dimes foundation’s walkathon on April 25 in Key Biscayne, Florida. The charity, which benefits prematurely born babies, held its March for Babies walk after the “El Cantante” cutie helped kick off the event by cutting the ribbon. According to sources on-hand, Lopez took a moment to talk about her baby twins while performing her duties, although Max and Emme weren’t in attendance.
Actress, singer, fashion designer and all around diva, Jennifer Lopez, wants parents and aduts to get a pertussis–more commonly known as whooping cough–vaccine to protect infants. JLo is the spokeswoman for the Sounds of Pertussis, a joint initiative of the March of Dimes and sanofi pasteur, to raise awareness that all new parents and others in close contact with infants, get vaccinated with an adult tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine.
Kelly Clarkson braves the rain during the March For Babies charity event on Sunday (April 19) in Nashville, Tenn. Also spotted at the event was Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman.
Mother Heather Spohr became famous in the last 17 months chronicling the life of her daughter Madeline ‘Maddie’. Born premature at 29 weeks, doctors did not expect Maddie to survive, but she defied the odds. She became a sensation on the blogosphere and on twitter, with mothers all over the world enjoying reading about little Maddie’s latest adventures in infancy.
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. Several of the grant programs of March of Dimes focus on strategies to prevent or reduce risks for birth defects, including a focus on consuming folic acid before and during pregnancy. The theme of this year’s Birth Defects Prevention Month is managing weight for a healthy pregnancy. Managing weight is never easy and the many changes that come along with pregnancy can make it even more difficult. However, it is important because women who are overweight or obese have higher odds of having complications during pregnancy including hypertension (high blood pressure), preeclampsia and eclampsia or gestational diabetes.