Virtual hugs

Every parent-to-be wants to have a healthy baby. But it doesn’t always happen that way.

One in 10 babies here in Lyon county are born too small too soon. That’s nearly 7,000 in Minnesota and more than 450,000 here in the United States. Worldwide, that figure jumps to more than 15 million babies.

Because these babies are premature, their lungs aren’t ready and their brains aren’t ready for them to be born.

We must do more to help babies be born stronger and healthier.

This November, the March of Dimes and organizations worldwide focus attention on the serious impact premature birth has on babies and their families. Please join our effort by sending your family and friends a “virtual hug” to show that you care about premature babies.

Visit to learn more about how we can work together for stronger healthier babies.

Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death in the United States. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, lung problems, vision and hearing loss, and learning disabilities.

This past year, the March of Dimes celebrated its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to give all babies a healthy start in life.

Some 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines, and medical breakthroughs, including many that have benefited premature babies.