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March of Dimes

What Prematurity Awareness Month Means to Me

Elise Jackson | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Elise Jackson

It's important to me to share Elijah's story again during this Prematurity Awareness Month. African-American moms like me face a one-and-a-half times greater risk of having a premature baby compared to non-Hispanic white mothers.

My Little Coin Collector Helps March Of Dimes Give Babies A Healthy Start In Life

Jill Teeters | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Jill Teeters

I love holding the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin in my hand. For me, it symbolizes holding a bit of our past, along with our future. We hope that every family in America buys at least one of those coins. Think about that impact and how together we can conquer preterm birth.

Patients Are My Co-Pilot

Margaret Anderson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Science
Margaret Anderson

No longer just passengers, patients are now co-pilots helping to navigate the future of medical progress. But until recently, the pace of progress has been slow. In some diseases, we still utter the words "we haven't seen a new treatment in decades" with a straight face. Decades. Are we seriously accepting this?

Abortion and Prematurity: A False Alarm

David A. Grimes | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
David A. Grimes

No major medical or public health organization has concluded that abortion increases a woman's risk of preterm birth. However, impassioned (but naive) abortion opponents insist that abortion is causally related to prematurity.

6 Reasons I March For Babies And Always Will

Jennifer Degl | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Degl

Springtime is host to numerous March for Babies events all across the county. These events raise money to support the March of Dimes and the various research and programs they fund. Here are six reasons I march for babies and always will.

Why I Walk at the March for Babies

Chris Wang | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Chris Wang

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Let's do something about this! Find a walk that is close to you. Trust me, it will be an inspiring day for everyone.

6 Mother's Day Gifts That Mom Actually Wants

Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents

Another gift-giving holiday is upon us, and this time it’s Mom’s turn to be pampered and showered with attention. However, the perfect gift for he...

Polio, Cancer - One Nemesis May Counter the Other

Joseph Cooper | Posted 06.10.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

For those of us who were spared by fate and vaccine, Philip Roth's Nemesis charts polio's course and brings to mind the friends and neighbors who suffered the withering and the life-long incarceration of limbs.

Cherishing My Child's Hard-Won Milestones

Elise Jackson | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Elise Jackson

For me, it was Elijah's first words. Most babies begin talking on schedule as expected, some a little sooner, others a little later. Elijah's first words came late, and after much time and hard work on his part. My husband and I will never forget them.

The Big Win in Sports

Elisa Gaudet | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Elisa Gaudet

After the confetti has fallen and the trophy handed out, there is a feel-good high that lasts longer than the adrenaline rush during the game. That hi...

Catherine Pearson

Babies' Genes May Hold Clues To Preterm Birth | Catherine Pearson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents

Much of the existing research on babies who are born preterm, or before 37 weeks of pregnancy, has focused on their mothers, investigating what causes...

Our Extraordinary Year As March of Dimes Ambassador Family

Jill Teeters | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
Jill Teeters

As I think back to Aidan's homecoming, and our past year as the March of Dimes National Ambassador family and raising awareness about the serious health problem of preterm birth, I'm proud of how much we accomplished and how far Aidan has grown and overcome.

Chris Pratt Gives Moving Speech About His Experience Having A Preemie

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents

On Friday December 5, actor Chris Pratt spoke about his preemie son in an emotional speech at the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies. "I've done...

Philip Roth's Nemesis: Polio & Ebola

Nina Martyris | Posted 01.26.2015 | Books
Nina Martyris

Set against the backdrop of World War II, human limitation forms the moral framework of Nemesis, as personified in its protagonist, Bucky Cantor, an upright, young playground director in Weequahic.

I Am A Preemie Parent

Heather Spohr | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Heather Spohr

The first time I was told my child was going to die, I was about seven weeks pregnant. There was no way of knowing it then, but those words started me on my path to becoming a Preemie Parent.

It's an Accessible Life: My 24/7 Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Education
Sally Swanson

What happens when a group of accessibility specialists get together? Well, even if you never wondered, let me tell you about a conference I attended recently with a group of like-minded professionals.

A Doctor's Perspective: How to Help Protect Yourself and Your Family Against Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses

Siobhan M. Dolan, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Siobhan M. Dolan, M.D., M.P.H.

Vaccines are one of the greatest public health accomplishments, and they have led to the significant reduction of several infectious disease in the United States. However, in recent years, vaccination rates have decreased, and vaccine-preventable illnesses are making a comeback.

Making a Difference in the World of Giving: The Summer-Athon Season

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Some might say it is too late to participate but I would counter with that now is the perfect time for you to get involved and be Making A Difference!

Born Small, Dreaming Big

Jill Teeters | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Jill Teeters

Seven years ago, I was pregnant with my first child and looking forward to my first Mother's Day. Like any mother, I worried. But, I never expected that my son Aidan would be born nearly 12 weeks too soon and would weigh only three pounds. Now, for me, every day is Mother's Day.

The Living Legacy of the March of Dimes 'Poster Child'

Jill Teeters | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Jill Teeters

Donald E. Anderson, aged 73, a retired postal worker in Seattle, Washington, died recently. I didn't know Mr. Anderson, who lived at literally the opposite end of the U.S. from my home in New Hampshire, and he didn't know me. But he has had a lasting imprint on me and my family. We are linked forever, and I hope we can live up to his legacy.

Don't Blame Families for High Cost of Preemies, Let's Invest in Preventing Preterm Birth

Jill Teeters | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Jill Teeters

All the public and media talk about AOL's "distressed babies" in the last few days were more than just a distant public policy issue to my family. It happened to us.

Dealing in Miracles

Don Post | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Don Post

When you see a tiny premature baby weighing less than two pounds hooked up to tubes and wires, not having had the opportunity to feel the loving embrace from their parents, and then you watch them progressively get better until they're standing right in front of you as a healthy seven-year-old child, to me, this is why we are here.

Making A Difference: A World of Giving - Providing a Healthy Start for All Babies

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

The arrival of the newest member of the royal family has put the media into 'baby frenzy.' But infants all over the world need help every day in order to have the very best start in life.

The Most Generous Presidents

Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact

Sure, all of the leaders of the free world are supposed to share in the glory of Presidents Day. But, here at HuffPost Impact, we’d like to take a m...

Doing Good -- Badly

John Friedman | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
John Friedman

With all the dedicated, intelligent and hard working people working to solve the array of social, environmental and economic problems, it would be reasonable to conclude that we are having tremendous success advancing sustainability. And by some measures we are.