In local communities across the country, March of Dimes is helping moms take charge of their health, and supporting families when something goes wrong. The March of Dimes also acts globally: sharing best practices in perinatal health and helping improve birth outcomes where the needs are the most urgent.
Prevention and wellness initiatives can help to reduce both the short- and long-term impacts of communicable diseases as well as chronic conditions. For example, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that up to 70% of neural tube defects could be prevented if all women of childbearing age consume 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. Folic acid education, and its funding, is a program for which March of Dimes advocates.