Is the March of Dimes supporting research on low birthweight?
The March of Dimes has long supported research on low birthweight and the related issue of prematurity. In 2005, the March of Dimes awarded approximately $2 million for a three-year period to six grantees as part of the Prematurity Research Initiative, which aims to learn more about the causes of prematurity. These grantees are exploring the role of genes, uterine muscle activity, cervical changes and the lung protein surfactant in triggering preterm labor, which may lead to better ways to prevent or treat it. Other grantees are seeking to improve the treatment for premature, low-birthweight babies. For example, some are attempting to develop treatment that can help prevent brain damage and cerebral palsy in premature infants. Others are seeking to develop improved treatments for PDA and ROP. The March of Dimes supports research related to smoking cessation during pregnancy and the link between smoking and low birthweight. The March of Dimes also promotes the health benefits of smoking