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March of Dimes Threw a ‘Rainbow Luncheon’ for RHOA’s Porsha Williams {VIDEO}

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Miscarriage awareness was the theme of a Rainbow Luncheon thrown in honor of babies lost to miscarriage thrown by the March of Dimes in honor of its latest celebrity ambassador Porsha Williams of BravoTV‘s Real Housewives of Atlanta, and featured on Season 12, episode 20.

Over 50,000 others experience life-threatening complications as a result of pregnancy and childbirth each year, and 380,000 babies are born prematurely, and sadly, in the United States, there is a maternal health crisis that disproportionately affects black women.

That’s why the organization selected Williams, a new mom  who recently welcomed daughter Pilar Jhena with fiance Dennis McKinley. 

During the episode which featured the October 2019 event, Williams opened the luncheon by sharing how she suffered a miscarriage alone in her bathroom six years ago, adding that it was something she had never spoken about openly and decided to join the crusade to ensure other women are aware of the prevalence of miscarriage and do not have to go through it alone.

Three of the “Friends of the Housewives” of this franchise of the show also spoke up:

Tanya Sam opened up about having limited egg reserves because she found love later in life.

“I got the news that like I didn’t have a lot of egg reserves so that’s why it was so hard [to have a baby],” Sam, a tech angel investor says. “I recently started talking about it and I find there’s a lot of strength in being able to say that to other women.”

Shamea Morton Mwangi spoke up about having severe complications with her epidural before she gave birth and recovery.

Marlo Hampton shared that she have had two ectoptic pregnancies and used to question God about why she couldn’t have a baby but later resolved to herself that she was deprived of motherhood so she could be in a position to mother her nephews 12-year old Michael and 11-year old Matthew in place of her sister who is mentally incapable of caring for the boys.

Cast member Nene Leakes said in a confessional that she too has had a miscarriage as has her arch nemesis Kenya Moore who struggled with infertility before welcoming her daughter Brooklyn Doris with her estranged ex, Marc Daly.

“Being a woman doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to have children.” Moore said in a confessional. ” I nearly died having Brooklyn and you should never shame women for not being able to have children because those are things you cannot change.”

The March of Dimes is hoping Williams will use her advocacy to draw attention to the , as well as to spotlight her own challenges and joys of pregnancy and motherhood.

March of Dimes President and CEO Stacey D. Stewart presented Williams with a painting by a black female artist as a thank you for hosting the event.

Another Bravo franchise Real Housewives of Potomac featured an episode last season centered around three women from that show that suffered miscarriage loss, Monique Samuels, who hosted a Unicorn celebration in lieu of a baby shower, during which co-star and new mom Ashley Darby opened up about her own loss. Friend of the Housewives Katie Rost also has a sad pass with loss.

Photos courtesy: BravoTV, FreddyO, screencapture

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Report: US Premature Birth Rate is Increasing; On Par with Developing Nations In Some States

The preterm birth rate in the U.S. has increased for the second consecutive year, according to a new report, and minorities are suffering a disproportionate share of those births. The increases, which follow nearly a decade of declines, raise concerns that gains made in women’s health care are now slipping, experts say.

The annual report on preterm births by the March of Dimes, released Wednesday, found that 9.8 percent of U.S. infants were born preterm in 2016, up from 9.6 percent in 2015. And rates found in some parts of the U.S. are on par with those found in undeveloped countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Preterm birth is the largest contributor to infant death in the United States and is linked to a range of lifelong disabilities and chronic conditions.

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World Prematurity Day: Take the March of Dimes ‘Purple Pledge’ for Awareness

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Today, November 17 is World Prematurity Day dedicated to increasing awareness on premature births worldwide and the need for research, resources and support to lessen the number of global premature births.

Today, according to the March of Dimes:

• Prematurity is the No. 1 cause of death in infants

• The premature birth rate has risen by 36% over the last 25 years

• Every year 1,400 babies are born prematurely right here in Southwest Missouri

• Prematurity costs $71 million in the Ozarks, $26 Billion nationwide

• November is also Prematurity Awareness Month

“It just makes sense that an issue affecting a life at its earliest stages would affect every stage in life,” said Amy Temple, chair for the 2016 March for Babies campaign. “The research that is funded by the March of Dimes is linked to research in so many other medical breakthroughs.”

The March of Dimes’ 2015 birth report card released this month identifies different regions of the nation’s stats related to premature birth. Find out how your state fares HERE!


On today, World Prematurity Day, March of Dimes is also encouraging people to take the “Purple Pledge,” a social media campaign to spread awareness.

To take the pledge, visit the MarchofDimes.org



Let your Father’s Day gift also work to bring a healthy baby into the world with March of Dimes’ ‘imbornto’ initiative

As you start planning for Father’s Day this year, consider also doing something to support strong and healthy babies from the start and the March of Dimes imbornto national marketing initiative. The campaign celebrates the fantastic things babies were born to do and thanks the mothers and fathers who brought them into the world.
While out and about shopping, thru Father’s Day, consider purchasing a gift with the imbornto logo on partner products including, those from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., Mud Pie, Scentsy, e.p.t. TM Family Planning Solutions, Oral-B®, Kmart and eBay.

Proceeds from the sale or a direct donation at a site where the imbornto logo is visible will help the mission of the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health
“Together, with our partners, March of Dimes continues to help moms have full-term  pregnancies and ensure the birth of healthy, strong babies,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse,  president of March of Dimes. “This annual imbornto campaign honors the people ultimately responsible for the opportunities each and every baby has. Please join every baby in thanking  moms and dads for everything they do.” 
Visit www.imbornto.com for more information and for the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org.

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