March of Dimes Reaches Out to Area Business Leaders

By Megan Trent

January 22, 2013 Updated Jan 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Each year, more than 11,000 Hoosier babies are born prematurely. As March of Dimes approaches its 75th anniversary, the organization hopes to bring those statistics down by continuing to spread awareness throughout the community.

On Tuesday, leaders with March of Dimes met with members of the northeast Indiana business community at Parkview Women and Children's Center to talk about the impact premature birth has on area businesses and what local leaders can do to help.

When an employee gives birth prematurely, the health care costs to a business can be very expensive. According to March of Dimes, health care costs are nearly 11 times higher for premature babies, compared to healthy, full term babies.

Tuesday's event was the kick off to a larger awareness campaign set for April. To continue its tradition of educating members of the community about the life long risks associated with premature births, and in an effort to raise funds for medical research, March of Dimes has put together several March for Babies events. For more information, visit www.marchforbabies.org or call the local March of Dimes office at (260)482-4201.




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