Even before the global pandemic hit, one woman died every 12 hours from pregnancy-related causes, and 1 in 10 babies is born too soon each year. Additionally, more than 50,000 women experience life-threatening complications as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. Chronic inequities and unequal access to quality health care have a negative impact on these rates. In 2018 the preterm birth rate among Black women was 49% higher than the rate among women of all other race/ethnicities (from the 2020 March of Dimes Report Card) During 2015-2017, the average infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) in Pennsylvania was highest for Black infants (11.2), followed by Hispanics (6.2), Whites (4.7) and Asian/Pacific Islanders (3.8)( according to March of Dimes Peristats).
This is the 10th year for Brittany and her team participating in March For Babies. They are walking to celebrate the lives of her children, Kaedence and Keegan. Although their presence was short and brief, the impact that they have left is everlasting and they continue to celebrate their lives.
“Each year I am in awe by the size we continue to grow, our teams dedication, and that we are able to continue to be a part of this very special organization that is so close to my heart. With the short time, that my angels touched this earth, we knew that they had a message. Each year we continue to build on our previous goals to help current and future families avoid such heartaches as I have experienced. This year we have set our goal to raise $10,000 to help the families around us and across the United States to bring home babies, healthy and happy. I know that we can get to this goal and manage to surpass it in the years to come.”
The March For Babies community raises critical funds and awareness to fight for healthy moms and strong babies. While the fundraiser was virtualized in 2020, the shift was actually a natural evolution to transform the event into something bigger. In Greater Philadelphia this movement is for everyone who wants to do more for families – and not just today, but every day. The March For Babies Greater Philadelphia virtual walk event will take place on May 22nd! Participants will take part in a variety of activities and fundraising challenges, including a national celebration later this year and can get involved in the following ways:
- Sign up to be part of the movement; sign up as a team captain, team member or individual.
- Take action to connect, fundraise and spread the word. Rally with millions of Americans in the collective effort to transform the health of all moms and babies.
- Celebrate and see the impact we’ve made.
For more information on March for Babies, including how to sign up, download the March for Babies app and start a team, visit marchforbabies.org.