About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes was founded in 1938 by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 to treat and find a vaccine for the Polio virus. Once Polio was eradicated in the United States, our mission began to evolve. Today our mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. We carry out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies’ lives. March of Dimes researchers,
volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, low birthweight. March of Dimes research indicates that babies born even a few weeks early are significantly more at risk for eating problems, respiratory difficulties and developmental deficits. Our Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait campaign calls for the elimination of medically unnecessary C-Sections and labor inductions. The March of Dimes is striving to make sure that every pregnancy lasts at least 39 weeks. In 2013 the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary. For more on our history please watch the video to the right of this page!