March for Babies is Saturday, May 16!

Memorial is gearing up for the March for Babies on Saturday, May 16! Memorial is a key sponsor of the March of Dimes event this year, and Memorial nurse Karly Floyd appeared on KIT 1280 on May 5, 2015 to talk more about the event.

This is a fun day that’s all about people sharing their passion for improving the health of babies. Join family teams, company teams and people walking with friends for a great cause – to make a difference for real families right here in our community.

Every year in the United States, nearly a half-million babies are born too soon – more than 8,400 of them in Washington state. The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, the March of Dimes offers information and comfort to families, and researches the problems that threaten babies and works to help prevent them.

By signing up for the March for babies, you too can help raise money to ensure moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

How does the March of Dimes help women and families?
The March of Dimes supports programs that help moms to have healthier pregnancies and to help babies begin healthier lives.

• Smoking Cessation Programs – Smoking during pregnancy increases a baby’s risk being born too soon and for risks associated with second-hand smoke. Moms also have a higher risk of lung cancer and other smoking-related illnesses.

• Education about Birth Defects – Folic acid can help to prevent certain birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects, which results in anencephaly and spina bifida. The Yakima Valley has seen an increased rate for these birth defects in recent years, and we’re working hard to educate women about the importance of folic acid in their diet.
o Folic acid only works to help prevent birth defects if a woman takes it before and during early pregnancy. We encourage every woman of childbearing age – whether she’s planning to get pregnant or not – to take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, which you can find in a multivitamin.

• Pregnancy Education and Support Programs – Prenatal care is essential to a healthy baby, including health assessments, education and group support. The evidence-based approach to prenatal support that has been shown to reduce c-sections, premature births and low birth weight babies.

The March for Babies in Yakima is Saturday, May 16, at Franklin Park. Registration is at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information, visit marchforbabies.org.

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