March of Dimes Launches New NICU Family Support® Program in Phoenix


The program provides the support and education families need, when they need it

Walk for Babies: A Mother of a Movement™ Event Set for April 9

ARLINGTONGoes. , March 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the United States grapples with a maternal and child health crisis and the rate of preterm births rises in ArizonaMarch of Dimes Launches NICU Family Support Program® Program and preparation Walk for babies: a mother of a movement in Phoenix to support families throughout their pregnancy journey and raise vital funds to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies.

Maternal mortality rates are on the rise nationwide and the latest March of Dimes report card shows Arizona has a 9.5% premature birth rate, earning the state a C+ grade. The rate of premature births for black women is 41% higher than for all other women.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the crisis in maternal and child health. Phoenix1 in 11 babies are born too sick too soon and babies of color are disproportionately affected,” said Deena BradfordExecutive Director, Market Impact for Arizona. “The Walk for Babies is an opportunity for our community to come together to end premature births and preventable maternal deaths so that every mother and baby has the best possible start.”

March of Dimes is spearheading several initiatives in the state, including a partnership with Banner Health Foundation to bring support to the NICU family® Program at the banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. The program supports more than 50,000 families each year at more than 70 partner hospital sites by increasing families’ knowledge and confidence to care for their baby in the NICU.

“We are proud to work with March of Dimes to help support more families at Banner University – Medical Center Phoenix through NICU Family Support® program,” said Andy Kramer Peterson, President and CEO of the Banner Health Foundation. “Together, we can provide much-needed help to ensure families and our youngest patients have access to best-in-class care and resources.”

Additionally, the March of Dimes mobile health program provides free health care to uninsured and underinsured patients in Southern Arizona. To date, more than 35,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been provided in 81 events to a largely (86%) uninsured patient population. This is in addition to the program’s work in prenatal care, family medicine, acute care for the homeless and more.

The Walk for Babies – which will feature the mobile health program and the bus – is an opportunity to honor motherhood, babies and families and to come together with thousands of others to share experiences while raising vital funds to help every mum and baby.

The Baby Walk is scheduled for saturday april 9 at 09:00 at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, 1700 W Washington Street downtown Phoenix. The Color Street Foundation, a national signature partner, has graciously pledged to match the donation to the Walk for Babies Campaign until $1 million by April 8. For those wishing to participate or donate, please visit

About March of Dimes
March of Dimes is leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, run programs, and provide education and advocacy so moms are healthy and every baby can have the best possible start. With a successful legacy of 80 years of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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About the Banner Health Foundation
Established in 2001, the Banner Health Foundation engages the community and manages charitable contributions to advance Banner Health’s nonprofit mission of facilitate health care to make life better. Contributions are invested locally to support patient care programs and services run by Banner’s many hospitals and healthcare facilities across Arizona. For more information, please visit

About Banner – Phoenix University Medical Center
Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is ​​a large teaching hospital that provided medical care to Arizona and the Southwest since 1911. It is part of Banner – University Medicine, a leading academic medical network. The facility, which has trained thousands of physicians over decades as a teaching hospital, is the academic medical center of The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. The hospital, recognized by US News and World Report as one of the nation’s top hospitals, specializing in cardiac care, cancer care, high-risk obstetrics, neuroscience, organ transplants, medical toxicology, and emergency care, including a Level I trauma center. Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is ​​part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 30 hospitals in six states. For more information, visit

SOURCE March of Dimes Inc.


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