Family Team News
Friday, March 29, 2013
Your health care provider may not have been able to tell you why your baby was born early. Sometimes labor just starts early without any warning. Other times doctors have to deliver a baby early if a mother’s health or the baby’s health is in danger.
There may be things you and your doctor or midwife can do to help you stay pregnant longer. It’s best to have an open conversation about these things before you get pregnant again. When you decide you’re ready to get pregnant again, talk to your provider about seeing a specialist who is trained to care for women who are likely to have pregnancy complications, including premature birth. These doctors are sometimes called maternal-fetal medicine specialists, or perinatologists. Your doctor or midwife can help you find a specialist.
There are some risk factors that make a woman more likely to have her baby too early. Some risk factors are things you can’t change, such as already having had a baby born too early. But other risk factors are things you can do something about, such as quitting smoking. Click on this link to read about different risk factors and what you can do about them.
What can you do about preterm labor? Learn the signs of preterm labor (labor that begins before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy) and what to do if they happen to you.
If you’d like to talk to other women like you who are thinking about pregnancy after having a premature baby, visit the discussion group “Pregnant? On Bedrest? Trying Again?” in the March of Dimes online community Share Your Story. You’ll be able to connect with lots of women who are or have been in your shoes.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
#1 Fundraise online
The winning way to fundraise. We know how busy you are. Online fundraising is faster and brings in 3 times more money.
#2 Make your own donation
There’s a lot of value in setting a great example and showing how much you care.
Post your reason for walking, status updates, pictures, etc., to Facebook and Twitter to create a fabulous fundraising network. Don’t forget to include your personal fundraising link.
#4 One-stop fundraising
From the Dashboard on your personal fundraising page, you can upload photos to personalize badges for your emails, website or blog; or create funny, friendly eCards.
#5 Stay connected
Your Dashboard also lets you: download iPhone® and Android apps so you can conduct your campaign from the palm of your hand; download our Facebook app; or easily spread the word with the social media share buttons.
#6 Double your donations
Asking your donors if their company has a matching gift program is a terrific way to raise twice as much.
#7 Call on colleagues
Talk about the walk face-to-face, leave notes around the office or hang posters in your workspace and on bulletin boards.
#8 Outside the box
Beyond work, reach out to a ready and caring audience: your children’s school, an organization you belong to, a place of worship.
#9 Quick way to $250
Couldn’t hurt to give this a try! Make a $25 donation. Ask three friends to match it; two family members for $20; four colleagues for $15; a neighbor for $10; your doctor for $25; and a local merchant for $15. You did it!
#10 Remind and thank
Don’t miss an opportunity to help babies. Send reminders to those who expressed interest but haven’t yet donated. Please thank everyone genuinely and enthusiastically for supporting you and remind them how special they are.
*One more for good luck!
A special tip to honor our 75th anniversary — Take the Be Your Best for Babies challenge and ask others to join you in raising their goals and growing their teams this year!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Hosted by Stephen & Tiffany Bowen
Click here to register
Both lane buy-outs and single tickets for attending and bowling are available.
The event features bowling and billiards with NFL lane captains. Play with your favorite NFC East players including:
Stephen Bowen, Washington Redskins Defensive Captain
Barry Cofield-Washington Redskins Defensive Captain
Trent Williams-Washington Redskins Offensive Captain
Brian Orakpo-Washington Redskins
Jarvis Jenkins- Washington Redskins
Doug Worthington-Washington Redskins
Demarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys Defensive Captain
Jason Hatcher- Dallas Cowboys
Miles Austin- Dallas Cowboys
Derrick Dockery- Dallas Cowboys
The evening starts at 6 PM and will feature bowling with NFL lane captains, billiards, open bar, and food. There will also be a silent auction.
Skyler’s Gift Foundation was founded in 2011 in memory Skyler Bowen, the son of Tiffany and Stephen Bowen – Washington Redskins defensive end. Skyler passed away in 2011 from complications from premature birth. Skyler’s Gift was created to provide financial support to other families in need who have lost their premature infants. The Bowens believe no one should have to face this loss alone and especially without the needed resources in place.
While many services are in place for families during hospitals stays in the NICU, after a loss the support is no longer there. That’s where Skyler’s Gift steps in. Skyler’s Gift raises funds to support families in need of mortuary and burial costs as well as providing families the financial support to access to grief counseling and support groups.
#1 – BGE, $10,716 – Greater Baltimore
#2 – IBEW HQ - $8,789 – Washington, DC
#3 – Northrop Grumman ES, $8,632 – Greater Baltimore
#4 – Inova Fairfax Hospital, $7,311 – Fairfax County
#5 – FBLA/PBL National Center, $7,040 – Fairfax County
#6 – NOVECHelps, $7,025 - Prince William County
#7 – Peninsula Regional Medical Center, $5,440 – Eastern Shore
#8 – Capital Women’s Care, $5,297 – Frederick County
#9 – Meritus Health, $5,035 – Washington County
#10 – Capital Petroleum Group, $5,025 – Washington, DC
Thursday, March 21, 2013
What made you participate in the Family Team Sponsorship program for March for Babies?
What tyupes of companies did you ask to sponsor your Family Team?
We ask local businesses in our county, especially businesses that we frequently visit. We also ask local non profit organizations like my church, the Ruritan and the American Legion.
How did you ask potential sponsors? Personal visit, email, phone calls?
How many potential sponsors did you approach and what were their reactions to the program?
We approached about 14 to 16 potential sponsors. Most of the sponsors were very receptive to the program. For businesses that seemed unsure or had to approach their owners, we just left a form that they could fill out and send in on their own time.
What information besides the reply form (if any) did you supply to your sponsors?
Did you get turned down from any potential sponsors and how did you handle it?
How much did your team rais through the Family Team Spnosorship?
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Have more questions? Reach out to our online fundraising team here.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Watch our youtube video on how to personalize your Fundraising Page!
Once you register for March for Babies, one of the first things you’re going to want to do is personalize your fundraising page! This tells people why you’re walking and why they should donate to support you as you walk for babies. You can share a photo, a story, and more! Watch the video for some helpful tips!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder in which round red blood cells take on a characteristic abnormal, curved “sickle” shape. African-Americans and others from tropical sub-Saharan Africa are most susceptible to this disorder, which can cause intense pain, high blood pressure, stroke, damage to vital organs, and the risk of serious infection. March of Dimes research involvement into the causes and prevention of sickle cell disease dates back to the polio era, when the chemist Linus Pauling discovered that the disease results from an abnormality in molecules of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Dr. Pauling’s finding that sickle hemoglobin differs in a measurable way from normal hemoglobin introduced the idea that heritable changes in the structure of a molecule could lead to improper function and result in disease. Dr. Pauling received one of the earliest basic research grants from the March of Dimes, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954. His work laid thegroundwork for techniques used in newborn screening and the diagnosis of sickle cell disease today.
After the March of Dimes changed its mission to birth defects prevention in 1958, sickle cell disease again came to the forefront of concern as a significant, but treatable, genetic disorder. The Foundation supported several lines of research: one was a medication that prevents red blood cells from “sickling;” another was giving daily antibiotics to affected infants and toddlers to prevent life-threatening bacterial infections; a third was bone marrow transplantation, used to cure other genetic blood disorders as well as severe sickle cell disease. The Foundation helped to establish one of the first pediatric clinics in the U.S. to care for infants and children with sickle cell disease at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City in the late 1970s. This center provided medical services, social and psychological support, genetic counseling and education needed by children with sickle cell disease as well as their families and communities. March of Dimes researchers investigated the effectiveness of innovative drug treatments and a multi-disciplinary team approach to caring for infants and children affected by the disease.
For over 50 years the March of Dimes has focused on treatment of sickle cell disease in its quest to prevent all birth defects. In 1982, March of Dimes grants led to the development of a safe and accurate prenatal test for the disease, and even today our grants support cutting-edge medical research. We hope to understand the molecular pathways of cellular development, to determine the risk factors inherent in the disease to prevent other infections, and to explore innovative gene therapies to eliminate the risks of leukemia in those affected by the disease. These are just a sampling of some of the ways we strive for “stronger, healthier babies” in our 75th anniversary year.
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Friday, March 8, 2013
For more information and details on the contest, please contact your local March of Dimes office.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Did you know that March for Babies has a Facebook application where you can send messages, fundraise, and more?
How it works:
Visit the app on Facebook and login with your March for Babies information. If you haven’t created an account, you can also do that on the app! http://bit.ly/Y7g4eI
From here you’ll be taken to your fundraising dashboard – your one stop shop for fundraising! You can:
• Invite people to join your team
• Post to your own wall
• Post to Friends’ walls
• Tweet about your fundraising page
• Send emails
But that’s not all! By visiting the other tabs including tools, my walk, and Q&A you can get resources to help you with your goals, information about your local walk, and answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Last week, additional good news about the benefits of folic acid were announced in a study from Norway that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). In the study, pregnant women filled out a questionnaire reporting their use of folic acid from 4 weeks before to 8 weeks after the start of pregnancy. Over 85,000 babies born to these women between 2002-2008 were followed for an average of 6 years. Over the course of the study, 270 children were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD): 114 had autistic disorder, 56 had Asperger syndrome, and 100 had pervasive developemental delay – not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). The study found that children whose mothers reported taking folic acid were almost 40% less likely be diagnosed with autistic disorder than those whose mothers did not take it.
This is good news for women who want to do everything they can to prevent autism. Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental condition with impaired social interaction and communication. More research is needed to better understand its cause(s), which likely have both genetic and environmental contributions. But in the meantime, preventing autism is yet another benefit to taking folic acid.
Read more and see our video on folic acid at this link.
Today’s guest post is from Dr. Siobhan Dolan, Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of Reproductive Genetics at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for Einstein, in New York City. She is co-author of the new March of Dimes pregnancy book, Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby.
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