In the U.S, premature births are the leading cause of infant morbidity and mortality. Every year, more than half a million babies are born too soon. March of Dimes focuses on raising the public’s awareness on premature births, a leading contributor to infant deaths in the state of Virginia. In 2011 alone, there were12,116 babies born premature in Virginia, a rate of 11.3% percent. Locally, the rates are even higher with 12-18% premature births in the Richmond, Henrico and Petersburg areas.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is proud to continue its 40 year partnership with the March of Dimes and its efforts to promote healthy pregnancies, healthy babies, and prevention of premature births and birth defects, educating mothers and supporting families in need. During the month of November, the sorority supports Prematurity Awareness Month thru programs that offer community education and promote public awareness.