Okay so let me be honest, I knew NOTHING about March of Dimes before I started this blogging campaign and the more I found out about the organization, I was floored by all of it’s work and efforts. So here is a little back ground on the organization itself. Founded in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, of the March of Dimes original mission was to defeat polio. By 1955, with funding from the March of Dimes, the Salk vaccine had been developed and tested, followed by the Sabin oral vaccine in 1962, and polio was on it’s way to be beat! For over 75 years March of Dimes has been a leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health and works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. The importance of March of Dimes really hits home with living in a city like Milwaukee where the infant mortality rate is higher then some third world countries. The overall rate for Milwaukee is 10.6 deaths per 1000. There was even a write up in 2011 about the dark realities and statistics here in Milwaukee. My heart has been broken over the past week as I have learned more about the importance and need for March of Dimes and the imbornto campaign especially in our city!
During the party I hosted we spent the morning talking about our own children but also since half of the ladies are teachers both in the inner city and suburbs we were all inspired by their stories of the little one’s in their classroom. Our words soared of how these children are born to be leaders, to make us smile, born to care for their friends, born to be smart, born to change the status-quo, born to be adorable and how each one is born with a purpose. This is why I feel so honored to be one of 39 bloggers helping promote this campaign. The March of Dimes is inspired by all babies – those born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. These little one’s are what make the mission of this campaign so important.
March of Dimes imbornto Mission:
~supports all important research into the causes and prevention for premature birth and birth defects;
~fights for health insurance for all pregnant women and children;
~pushes for expanded newborn screening that could save lives and prevent disabilities;
~reaches out to women with healthy pregnancy information and services;
~provides comfort and information to families with a newborn in intensive care.
So how can you help? Head over to www.imbornto.com to learn more about the campaign. Go on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest using #imbornto to spread the word. You can also shop for Mother’s day specials through partners like Bonton, Mudpie, Kmart A&E Jewelers, Alex and Ani, and Ebay. A really easy way to team up is by sharing your love for mom and dad by uploading baby pictures on twitter with #THX2U and #imbornto. Martha Stewart Living will donate to imbornto with every picture uploaded. Also be sure to check back here at Simple City Life as I will be posting again about this fantastic campaign!
* I am a blogger with the Motherhood and being compensated for my promotion of this campaign*