Monday, September 9, 2013

Day 7: 26 Days of March of Dimes

March of Dimes: Oklahoma
The Dream Weavers are SO BLESSED by the March of Dimes and what they do right here at home.  Oklahoma has a slightly higher than average rate of premature births, so the fight here at home is even harder!  Let's work together, RIGHT HERE IN OKLAHOMA, for stronger, healthier babies!

The March of Dimes in Oklahoma CARES:
Community - Our programs help moms-to-be in Oklahoma have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies
Advocacy - We advocate for programs that help moms in Oklahoma get care and services to improve their heath and the health of their babies.
Research - We research the serious problems that threaten our babies and work on treatments and preventions.
Education - Our websites provide the latest pregnancy health information in English and Spanish.  Health experts provide personal answers to moms' questions.
Support - Through out online community and in hospitals in Oklahoma, we offer information and comfort to families with a newborn in intensive care.
In Oklahoma...
53,238 babies are born each year
     7,376 babies are born prematurely
          1,610 babies are born with a birth defect

Preventing premature birth in Oklahoma could mean an annual savings up to $381 million
     Average medical cost for a healthy baby: $4,320
          Average medical cost for a premature baby: $55,025

Every baby receives a polio vaccine developed with funding by the March of Dimes.  Children in Oklahoma are vaccinate against 14 diseases.

Each year, about 210 babies in Oklahoma receive lifesaving surfactant therapy developed with funding by the March of Dimes.

Babies in Oklahoma receive screening for 29 inherited disorders.  we funded the development of of these tests and advocated for newborn screening for all babies.


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