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March of Dimes

Cherishing My Child's Hard-Won Milestones

Elise Jackson | Posted 03.19.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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.

Actress Honored For Being A 'Model Celebrity Parent'

AP | Posted 02.04.2013 | Parents

LOS ANGELES — New mom Reese Witherspoon is being honored by March of Dimes for being a model celebrity parent. The 36-year-old Oscar winner and...

Premature Birth: A Global Health Crisis

Doug Staples | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Doug Staples

World Prematurity day presents an opportunity to learn more about this global crisis. Get the facts and spread the world. If we are to stop losing our children to premature birth, we need to acknowledge the scope and severity of the problem and start taking action.

Baby's Journey From 'Dead' To Now

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.24.2012 | Parents

Most parents are amazed by their children. But 37-year-old Shelagh McAlpine of Glasgow, Scotland, calls her baby a miracle. McAlpine was rushed th...

Making A Difference: The World of Giving Get Moving!

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 09.16.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Did you know that the natural human need to get outside and get moving is a perfect way to Make a Difference?

A Look Back at How Far We've Come

Douglas A. Staples | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Douglas A. Staples

While most of the country is familiar with the name March of Dimes, few know the full scope of what this remarkable, uniquely American institution organization has done and is doing to create a healthier future for our children and our grandchildren.

A Father's Day to Remember

Douglas A. Staples | Posted 07.23.2012 | Impact
Douglas A. Staples

Premature birth strikes many families -- over 500,000 every year in the U.S. alone. Thankfully most of these babies do survive. But many face problems throughout their lives with their hearing and vision, walking and cognitive skills.

How the World Has Changed: It Is Now One. How the Fashion World Has Changed: It, Too, Is Now One.

Vicky Tiel | Posted 06.04.2012 | Style
Vicky Tiel

World Wide Fashion is the new real democracy. I decided to join the world: I will be the first French couturier to sell dresses on HSN.

Paul Jr. Reveals March Of Dimes Bike On 'American Chopper'

Posted 05.19.2012 | TV

Paul Teutul Jr. took the task of designing a custom motorcycle for the March of Dimes very seriously on "American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior" (Mon., 9...