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Prematurity is the #1 killer of children in the U.S. We are working to change that and give every baby the fighting chance he deserves. From polio to prematurity, March of Dimes has focused on researching the problems that threaten our children and finding both treatment and prevention for them.
Its original mission accomplished, the foundation turned its focus to preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The March of Dimes has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. We have supported research for surfactant therapy to treat respiratory distress and helped initiate the system of regional neonatal intensive care for premature and sick babies. Our recent Folic Acid Campaign achieved a dramatic reduction in the incidence of neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spine.