MARCH OF DIMES, NEBRASKA & WESTERN IOWA MARKET
About March of Dimes, Nebraska & Western Iowa Market
March of Dimes fights for the health of all moms and babies. We’re advocating for policies to protect them. We’re working to radically improve the health care they receive. We’re pioneering research to find solutions. We’re empowering families with programs, knowledge and tools to have healthier pregnancies. By uniting communities, we’re building a brighter future for us all.
Programs & Services Offered
- Outreach programs and prenatal education materials and information.
- NICU Family Support Specialist program provides emotional and educational support to families whose babies are in the NICU and to moms on bed rest at two hospitals in Omaha.
- Educational materials and referral.
- Professional education opportunities for medical professionals who specialize in obstetrics and premature birth.
- Patient advocacy and medical research.
- Parent dinners and discussion groups at Bergan Mercy hospital and The Nebraska Medical Center.
- Prematurity Summit as well as education to nurses in the NICUs at Nebraska Medicine and Bergan Mercy.
Did You Know?
- Every three hours, a baby in Nebraska is born prematurely. Babies who are born too small, too soon, may die or suffer life-long health consequences.
- Each year, there are more than 410,000 premature births nationwide; there are more than 2,500 premature births in Nebraska.
- The cost associated with premature birth in the United States is approximately $26.2 billion each year.
You Can Help
- $10 provides a Teen-to-Teen video and educational materials for high schools or organizations that work with young people.
- $25 provides a Parent Care Kit for families with babies in the NICU.
- $50 provides a six-month supply of smoking cessation educational materials for one organization that serves young women.
- $100 provides six "Baby Basics" books to a community clinic.
- $250 provides Becoming a Mom curriculum to a clinic serving low income women plus additional material.
- $500 provides “Becoming a Mom” curriculum to two clinics serving low income women plus additional materials.
Dollars at Work
- More than 1,000 people were exposed to March of Dimes programs while in the NICU.
- More than 100 women participated in the centering pregnancy program at Nebraska Medicine.
- Many hundreds received educational materials through health fairs and the Prematurity Summit.
Omaha Office: 402-496-7111 | web site | 11640 Arbor Street, Suite 102, Omaha, NE 68144