March of Dimes

Preterm Birth Now Leading Global Killer of Young Children

For the first time in history, the complications of preterm birth outrank all other causes as the world's number one killer of young children. Of the estimated 6.3 million deaths of children under the age of five in 2013, complications from preterm births accounted for nearly 1.1 million deaths, according to new findings published in The Lancet by a research team coordinated by Robert Black, M.D., of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, together with World Health Organization and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.


World Prematurity Day 2013

Celine Dion: World Prematurity Day 2013 Video Transcript: “Hello. This is Celine Dion asking you to help put an end […]


March of Dimes PSA

Preventing birth defects. Video Transcript: “Every mother hopes the best for her child. But every year, more than 8 million […]


A New Global Focus on Preterm Births

World Prematurity Day highlights effective, low-cost care. New commitments to address the problem Preterm birth is the world's largest killer of newborn babies, causing more than 1 million deaths each year, yet 75 percent could be saved without expensive, high technology care.