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Archive for February, 2013

26 Feb

Do you have what it takes to be an outstanding March for Babies team captain this spring? Looking for ways to encourage fellow students and members in your club to get even more involved with March for Babies? Here are a few tips and best practices from our Top National Service Partner, Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), to help you be successful this year!

Spotlight on #1 National Service Partner

FBLA-PBL was recognized as the #1 Service Partner at the 2012 National Volunteer Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL.

FBLA-PBL was recognized as the #1 Service Partner at the 2012 National Volunteer Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL.

Every year, FBLA-PBL is recognized as our #1 fundraising Service Partner. For more than 40 years, FBLA-PBL has been an enthusiastic supporter of the March of Dimes, educating countless members of the community and raising more than $15 million to support our mission!

In 2012 Wallkill Valley High School FBLA in New Jersey was recognized as the #1 FBLA Fundraiser Chapter, raising more than $20,039 for the March of Dimes! Walkill Valley hosts an annual “Super Night” to raise a majority of their donations. This 10-hour lock-in to benefit the March of Dimes includes a night of food, entertainment, activities, and fun. To participate, students must donate a minimum of $50.

Steps to Being a Top Team!

Fundraise Online: Volunteers who use the Online Fundraising Tool (OFT) raise over $100 more than those who don’t. OFT is available when you register online at Remember to customize your page by uploading a photo and updating your message.

Utilize Social Media: Get the word out by dedicating your Facebook status to your March for Babies page and tweeting about your progress. Remember to thank those who have donated and to encourage others to do the same.

Think big! Some of the most successful teams host either one large big ticket event or many small events throughout the year. What events have been popular at your school in the past? Look for ways to improve these events by hosting your own version. If another student group always has a great turnout at their annual event, offer to work together to make it even more successful. This is a great way to form a partnership for future events and get more students involved with the March of Dimes.

Inspire Your Members: Recognize the individual fundraising leaders. Praise those who received a matching gift. If your team reaches (or exceeds) their goal, throw a pizza party or a similar celebration. A local business may be able to donate the food.

Remember the Mission: Let people know that by donating they are supporting stronger, healthier babies. Invite a family connected to our mission to speak at your event, or show our National Ambassador mission story (found at

For more tips and advice for successfully leading your team during March for Babies, check out the March for Babies Youth Captains Guide. Here you can find a step-by-step guide to leading your team and hosting events on campus. Contact us at for more ways to get involved!

Now let’s hear from you:
What events and/or activities are you hosting to fundraise this year?

25 Feb

Signing up is a CINCH!

Posted by Linda

Have you taken a moment to register for March for Babies? Because your support is so vital to babies and moms, we’ve made signing up a cinch! All you have to do is follow the EASY STEPS in this video to register and get your fundraising going.

It’s never too soon to begin, because babies are being born every day, and they all deserve the healthiest start possible. The money you raise supports programs to help moms have full-term pregnancies; research to find the causes and preventions for premature birth; and lifesaving treatments for babies born too soon.

REGISTER now and help make a big difference in the lives of the tiniest babies. Did I mention it was EASY? :)

21 Feb

As I gear up for March for Babies and start asking for donations, it helps me to keep the WHY at the top of my mind. Life gets busy. My schedule gets hectic. But what keeps me energized and motivated is remembering the reasons why I can never stop reaching out for funds.

…every year more than a half million babies are born too soon.
…prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death.
…babies born just a few weeks early can have serious health problems and lifelong challenges.

I know that the money I raise will help moms carry their babies for at least 39 weeks — and carry them home!

I’ve already registered, created my emails and made a donation (putting my money where my heart is!) to show my potential donors how much this means to me. I’ve also raised my goal to raise hopes for babies and moms everywhere! Healthy babies are the greatest gifts of all. I give thanks every single day for my two children, and it spurs me on to help give this gift to every expectant mom. If you haven’t registered, please do. And always remember the WHY, because babies will always need us.

20 Feb

We wish our National Ambassador Nina Centofanti a very happy birthday today! Eight years ago Nina was born too soon and needed significant medical treatments to survive. Watch the video above to hear her family’s emotional and inspiring story.

19 Feb

CineMama is Here!

Posted by Linda

Women can create a time-lapse video of their pregnancy – and get health tips along the way – through a new, free, interactive iPhone app called CineMama available from the March of Dimes.

Time-lapse pregnancy slideshows and videos are an emerging trend among expecting parents as a way of creating a digital keepsake of their pregnancy to share with loved ones. Through CineMama, the March of Dimes will tap into that trend to share its important health information.

“CineMama is a fun way for us to reach women and let them know that healthy babies are worth the wait,” said Patricia Goldman, March of Dimes, vice president and chief marketing officer. “Moms-to-be will be rewarded with a complete video diary of their pregnancy when they use this app.”

CineMama allows expecting moms to take and upload their photos to the web, easily turn the still pictures into a video, and share it all through social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. CineMama will prompt women to record the ups and downs of their pregnancy, as well as important milestones in a diary that can easily be shared.

The app can be downloaded from iTunes at: It links to the March of Dimes free, interactive iPad magazine “My 9 Months” available from the iTunes store at: It also links to where the new March of Dimes “Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby” book can be ordered.

CineMama is an expansion of the March of Dimes “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” public awareness and consumer education campaign, which focuses on the importance of a full term pregnancy.

The campaign encourages women to wait for labor to begin on its own and health care providers to not schedule a delivery before at least 39 weeks of pregnancy, unless there is a medical necessity. Important development of the brain, lungs and other organs occur during the last weeks of pregnancy. Additional information is available at

12 Feb

Did you know that March for Babies has a Facebook application where you can send messages, fundraise, and more?

How it works:

Visit the app on Facebook and login with your March for Babies information. If you haven’t created an account, you can also do that on the app!

From here you’ll be taken to your fundraising dashboard – your one stop shop for fundraising! You can:

• Invite people to join your team
• Post to your own wall
• Post to Friends’ walls
• Tweet about your fundraising page
• Send emails

But that’s not all! By visiting the other tabs including tools, my walk, and Q&A you can get resources to help you with your goals, information about your local walk, and answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

March for Babies is gearing up – now is the time to register and start your teams! The March for Babies Facebook app is an easy way to get started. What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

12 Feb

Students throughout the country are gearing up for March for Babies! From rallying their peers to register to walk to hosting events at school, youth volunteers are using their creativity to raise funds and awareness for the March of Dimes.

Thomas R. Grove Middle School Gears Up for March for Babies!

Thomas R. Grover Middle School gears up for March for Babies!

The March of Dimes Group at Thomas R. Grover Middle School (New Jersey) hit the ground running this year by using the recent cold weather to their advantage. The students organized and hosted a Hot Chocolate Fundraiser, selling hot drinks on cold days during all three of the school’s lunch period. In one week, the dedicated youth volunteers raised more than $340 for stronger, healthier babies!

Sanjana Thaper, 7th Grader and founder of the March of Dimes Group, is beyond proud of her fellow classmates and excited to host future events for the March of Dimes. In 2012, the group pioneered a Walk-A-Thon at school, raising more than $650 through donations and wristband sales and educating classmates and teachers about the March of Dimes. Sanjana strongly thanks her peers, advisors, and mentors for their support throughout the club’s progression, with a special thanks to Ms. Garner, Mercery County Community Director, stating that they wouldn’t have been successful without her guidance.

Way to go Thomas R. Grover Middle School!

Looking to host a fundraiser at your school? Check out the 2013
March for Babies Youth Captains Guide
for detailed instructions and tips to
host a successful event.

Now let’s hear from you:
What events are you hosting to fundraise this year?
What groups (at school or in the community) are you working with to support stronger, healthier babies?

7 Feb

Do you know a student leader who has shown incredible passion and dedication for the March of Dimes? The March of Dimes is looking for passionate rising or current college students to lead youth volunteers and help all babies have a healthy start! We invite advisors and mentors to nominate a student leader for March of Dimes National Youth Council and Collegiate Council Ambassador roles.

2012-2013 National Youth Council

2012-2013 National Youth Council

The National Youth Council is comprised of the Foundation’s top college volunteer leaders committed to promoting, supporting, and implementing youth leadership development initiatives.

Collegiate Council Ambassadors are college students (incoming freshmen though seniors) who implement and grow student groups, called Collegiate Councils, dedicated to year-round activities to support the March of Dimes mission in their local community.

New members are provided with orientation, ongoing training and mentoring. Throughout their experience, members will be offered opportunities for professional development and personal growth.

Nominations are due March 1, 2013. For detailed descriptions on these positions and to nominate a student leader, download our nomination form

For more information, please contact

5 Feb

Many of you know that MOD’s News Moms Need daily blog provides important information on a variety of topics – from pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, newborn care and more. We are really pleased to announce that NMN has a new weekly series, every Wednesday on Delays and disabilities – how to get help for your child.  The series began January 16th and provides a step by step guide on what to do if you suspect or know that your child needs help in any area, such as speaking, walking, or learning. A child may need extra help at any time in his life, whether he was born preterm or not.

The blog is written by Barbara Carr, one of MOD’s Health Education Specialists in EHP, and the parent of a special needs child. Her knowledge of the “system” as well as her personal “been there” experience is a life line to other parents. The first few blog posts have generated a lot of excitement:

“I am definitely looking forward to reading this series. We will soon begin navigating the Kindergarten and elementary school Special Ed services for my son—-. I am sure Barb’s blog will have lots of useful information. Thanks so much!”

“As someone with a preemie who is now a preteen and over 5 feet tall it is often easy to forget that she was born so premature. She preforms well in school for the most part but there are still some lingering side effects from her early birth. This will be an amazing addition to Share and I can not wait.”

“This blog is going to help a lot of folks learn about what to do/when and empower them to ask questions, lots of them. I am so excited!!!”

“I am so thankful for this series…so many parents just go home with no idea of what to do and I have found that many pediatricians don’t even know about early intervention.”

Please pass the word on to all the parents you know – it is invaluable information.  It appears every Wednesday on the News Moms Need blog and also is posted on our Facebook page as well as within our Share Your Story community. If you have suggestions or questions about the topic, please send them to

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