Nearly a half a million babies are born too early every year. This takes a toll on both families and the health care system, which costs nearly $13.6 billion dollars a year.
November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Since the percentage of premature births in the U.S. has jumped nearly 30% in the last 25 years, the March of Dimes is moving into action. It is launching a new campaign to help more mothers carry their babies to term by offering a long awaited online support group for families already coping with premature babies.
"We're bringing people together at clicktosavebabies.org. This is a place where families can tell their stories, they can connect. And they can also sign a special petition to ask the federal government for more research," says Dr. Jennifer Howse, with the March of Dimes.
The March of Dimes offers these tips to women who would like to get pregnant: