A half million babies are born preterm every year in the United States. In Colorado more than 11 percent of babies are born early, costing millions of dollars and thousands of days in neonatal intensive care. Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn loss and a major cause of lifelong disability.
When babies are born early, St. Mary’s has the expertise to take care of them, explains Sherry Eidsness, RN, of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Three neonatologists lead the NICU team of nurses and nurse practitioners who care for premature, low-birth weight, and respiratory-compromised infants. “And while St. Mary’s provides highly skilled neonatal care for babies born too soon, our goal, like the March of Dimes, is the prevention of premature birth,” says Eidsness. “In my 15 years in the NICU, I’ve seen March of Dimes in action, funding research that has led to great advances in the care of premature infants.”
This year nearly seven million people in 900 communities will participate in March for Babies events, raising funds to support research and education. St. Mary’s NICU staff will participate in the Grand Junction March for Babies. “We welcome anyone to walk with our team, the Purple Tutus, or to donate to prevent premature birth,” Eidsness says.
Is your child a graduate of St. Mary’s NICU?
Join us for the NICU reunion during the March for Babies post-walk celebration.
Saturday, April 28
10:00 am–12:00 pm, Lincoln Park
March for Babies
Registration 7:30 am
Four mile walk begins at 9:00 am Register, join a team, or donate at March of Dimes
St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
2635 North 7th Street Grand Junction, Colorado 81501