Healthier mums and infants at center of ‘Baby Walk’ event in Grant Park

CHICAGO — In Grant Park on Sunday, rain did not dampen the spirits of a crowd of participants — parents, children and a few babies in strollers — at the “Walk for Babies” event.

City of Chicago Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin joined in the celebration.

“We know the United States remains among the most dangerous developed countries for childbirth, especially for families of color,” Conyears-Ervin said. “Every year, a woman dies every 12 hours from pregnancy-related causes and one in 10 babies is born too early. Alongside our fighters and supporters, we are fighting to change that. »

The March of Dimes gives Chicago a “D” grade for its premature birth rate in its latest report card. Things are a little better statewide, but in Illinois the rate of premature births for black women is 51 percent higher than for all other women.

That’s why March of Dimes raises funds and awareness.

“We connect with people who hope for a healthy full-term baby and we honor those who mourn the loss of a mother or child and struggle with infertility,” Conyears-Ervin said.

March of Dimes supports research and policy to help close the health equity gap exacerbated by the pandemic. The nonprofit also supports families facing loss while advocating for essential access to prenatal care.

Organizers call her “A Mother of a Movement”, taking meaningful action for healthy moms and babies.

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