Apr 24, 2013 1:55 AM
TUCSON - This Saturday, the March of Dimes' "March for Babies" steps off at Reid Park. A massive fundraising effort, to help prevent premature births and birth defects. The March of Dimes has been around 75-years and already, some critical advancements have been tied to the organization's research.
We went to UAMC's neo-natal intensive care unit and spoke with the Chief of Neonatology. Dr. Alan Bedrick says, March of Dimes research is behind the lifesaving chemical in surfactant. Surfactant, on preemies, "... helps their lungs work better and helps the air sacs pick up oxygen for the body."
Dr. Bedrick also says, the March of Dimes has also impacted the preemie's diet. He says, "... we utilize mothers breast milk and supplement it, to provide the best nutrients and calories, and the March of Dimes has been very important in developing these special forms of nutrition for babies."
Not only that, he says, the March of Dimes has done research on how best to incorporate Mom and Dad, in the neo-natal intensive care unit. According to Dr. Bedrick, "... the March of Dimes has helped develop a number of programs to help parents be at the bedside, to help with bathing babies, feeding babies."
If you'd like to learn more about the March of Dimes and this weekend's "March for Babies" at Reid Park, click here: http://www.marchofdimes.com/arizona/