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April 6, 2015 - USA Health System Ready to March for Babies


The USA Health System's March for Babies team is accepting new walkers for the march on April 18 at 8 a.m. at Geri Moulton Children's Park. Sign up today!

On Saturday, April 18, at Geri Moulton Children’s Park in Mobile, hundreds of families and business leaders will join USA Health System in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies — the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. 

This year’s South Alabama Ambassador Family is the Hale family. Jane and Carter Hale were so excited to become parents and were looking forward to starting their family. At 25 weeks, Jane went into premature labor. She delivered their three babies 14 weeks early.

Sadly, their daughter Madeline was only with them for 119 days, while her siblings Carter and Emerson "Emmy" stayed 125 days and 211 days respectively in the NICU at USA Children's & Women's hospital in Mobile. Today, Carter and Emmy are vibrant three year-olds, and the Hale family is dedicated to making sure other parents don’t experience the same trauma. 

MarchofDimes_2014_Marchers.jpgThe Hale family is joined by Chris Jett, the South Alabama 2015 March for Babies Chair. Chris, assistant administrator at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, knows how important the March of Dimes mission is to families.

Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death in this country. As a father, he wants to raise awareness and funds to prevent premature birth and give more moms a healthy baby. 

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the 1-mile walk kicking off at 9 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family. To register for the event online, visit 

Funds raised by March for Babies in Alabama help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. 

Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 6,000 in Alabama. This past November, the March of Dimes issued its annual Premature Birth Report Card, giving the nation a “C” and Alabama the grade of F. The March of Dimes is committed to funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the lives and the health of babies.  

About the March of Dimes

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at


About USA Children's & Women's Hospital 

The University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital is among a handful of freestanding hospitals in the United States dedicated specifically to the health care needs of children and women. USACWH health care professionals are uniquely qualified and equipped to provide a wide range of therapeutic and surgical services for children and women, be it life-threatening illness, traumatic injury, premature birth or high-risk obstetrical and gynecological needs. 

USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital is the Mobile area’s leading provider of health services for newborn babies and their mothers. The Labor & Delivery Unit successfully delivers more than 2,800 babies each year, an average of five to 15 babies each day, which is twice as many births as any other hospital in Mobile. The unit also features 15 private birthing suites promoting family-centered care and three operating rooms for cesarean section deliveries and other obstetric procedures. 

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