Every year in the United States, more than half a million babies are born too soon, almost 54,000 of them in Texas. The March of Dimes helps Texas moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. With support from the community, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies and support families if something does go wrong.
The March of Dimes – Austin Division has partnered with Dell Children’s Medical Center to offer support and education to families experiencing the hospitalization of a baby. The NICU Family Support program provides free children’s books to parents and siblings to read to the baby during their NICU stay. Scientific data has shown that the parent’s voice is stimulating and comforting to the baby. Book donations ensure that families have continued access to materials that will offer support and comfort to siblings and NICU babies. If considering making a book donation, should be new preschool or under reading level book (no used books due to risks of infection) in English or Spanish. Board books preferred.
Sarah Wauters, NICU Family Support Specialist of March of Dimes, may be contacted for more information at SWauters@marchofdimes.org Visit their web site for other ways to get involved including http://www.marchofdimes.org/