The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies. For more information, visit the March of Dimes Website, its Spanish language Website or call 888-MODIMES.
- Derived from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample for 2000, a component of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. The diagnosis code includes short gestation and low birthweight
- Chollet J, Newman JF, Sumner AT. The Corporate Cost of Poor Birth Outcomes. Center for Risk Management and Insurance Research, Georgia State University, 1992.
Source: March of Dimes, January 30, 2003