The Fight Against Prematurity
Premature birth (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and its complications are the #1 cause of death of babies in the United States. Babies who survive premature birth often have long-term health problems, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss. In the United States, about 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year. The preterm birth rate (the percent of babies born before 37 weeks each year) is 9.8 percent in the United States. This means 1 in 10 babies is born too soon. The U.S. preterm birth rate is among the worst of high-resource nations.
With preterm birth and maternal death rates continuing to rise, the U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, especially for women and babies of color. SNCFD helps to make a critical impact on our community by increasing the awareness of the impact of premature birth on our community and providing information on how prenatal care can help reduce the rate of premature birth in our community.
SNCFD Fighting for Families Now
Prematurity Awareness Programs
Awareness Month Campaign
November is Prematurity Awareness Month and November 17th is World Prematurity Awareness Day. During the month of November, SNCFD along with its community partner Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated - Kappa Zeta Chapter sponsors awareness events and activities in area churches and NICU centers.
Projects include our Knitting for Babies where preemie hats are knitted and donated to area NICU centers and our PMA NICU Snack Bags where we fill sacks with goodies, supplies, healthy tips and other amenities for parents visiting their babies in the NICU centers.
Health Care Talks
Health Care Talks is a health & wellness social media segment, spotlighting videos from medical professionals, health care advocates and community friends sharing personal stories of their health care journeys.
Health Care Talks is presented by Stork’s Nest Charity Fund of Dallas (SNCFD) and Progressive Initiatives, Incorporated (PII) in conjunction with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated – Kappa Zeta Chapter and Phi Beta Sigma – Omicron Sigma Chapter.
Stork's Nest Education Program
Stork's Nest is a cooperative project of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the March of Dimes Foundation that aims to increase the number of women receiving early and regular prenatal care in an effort to prevent cases of low birth-weight, premature births and infant deaths. The Stork's Nest Education Program (SNEP) offered through SNCFD is designed to promote prenatal care participation and encourage healthy behaviors during pregnancy through two components-incentives and education.
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March of Dimes
Campaign to Fight Prematurity
Project H.E.R: Providing Health, Education and Resources to individuals and families in the DFW Metroplex.