Babies Represented at State Capitol

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Belinda Rogers 943-1025

March of Dimes holds Lobby Day

Oklahoma City, OK—April 29, 2010,---March of Dimes held Lobby Day on April 26, 2010. The goal of the event was to help educate legislators about the growing issue of premature births and what the March of Dimes is doing through advocacy to address this serious and costly issue. The March of Dimes Public Affairs agenda focuses on public policies and programs that relate to the Foundation's mission -- improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality -- and on issues that pertain to non-profit organizations. 

Many activities took place during Lobby Day.  A proclamation signed by Governor Henry, designating April 26, 2010 as “March of Dimes Lobby Day at the State Capitol” was read in the House by Representative Mike Sanders. March of Dimes volunteers and staff, dressed in purple, were recognized in House Gallery, followed by a meet and greet reception in the House Lounge. Representatives were invited to meet those volunteers from their districts and learn about the vital efforts March of Dimes to fund research and programs to find the causes of prematurity.

“Premature birth is the number one killer of newborns and a major cause of serious health problems and disability among so many of the survivors,” said Belinda Rogers, State Director of Programs, March of Dimes Oklahoma Chapter.  “One out of every eight babies born in Oklahoma are born too soon, we are working to increase awareness of premature birth and to help improve health outcomes.” Premature birth is a common, serious and costly problem for Oklahoma families. An early birth means more than a baby simply being small. It means the baby’s organs and other systems have not finished developing, and that the baby may not be ready to survive on its own. Prematurity takes an enormous emotional toll on families and costs society billions.

For more information on prematurity or how you can become involved in local March of Dimes advocacy efforts, contact the Oklahoma State Chapter office at 405-943-1025 or marchofdimes.com/oklahoma.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

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