Premature births are on the rise in Tennessee and the March of Dimes aims to help prevent them with the help of funds raised during March for Babies.
“Pure panic ran through me the day I was told I would be delivering a preemie … and soon,” says Christina Davis, a Bell Buckle mom of two girls with her first child, Kendri (pictured above), born at 29 weeks. “Not knowing what was going to happen or if our baby would even survive was what was scary,” she adds. Little did Davis know that this unforeseen event would later encourage her to walk year after year for the March for Babies walk.
A preemie is any baby who is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, according to the March of Dimes, and while the baby is small, the issue is not. Last year, Tennessee earned a 10.8 percent rate — a lowly “D,” which is down from the previous year’s rate of a “C” — on the March of Dimes’ 2015 Premature Birth Report Card.
Join March for Babies
Now’s the time to start forming your team for the annual March of Dimes’ March for Babies event in Murfreesboro— which is set for Saturday, May 7. While the event itself is a few months away, it’s never to early to form a team and start raising funds to support programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and aid research to find causes and ways to prevent premature births.
On walk day, families will gather at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (1272 Garrison Drive, Murfreesboro) at 8:30 a.m. Family teams, company teams and people walking with friends come together in an effort to raise money for babies right here in our community!
There will also be free food and family-friendly festival activities at 9:30 a.m., stage programming at 10 a.m. and the two-mile walk kicks off 11 a.m.
Sign up or join a team at marchforbabies.org.