This causes a great deal of strain on the healthcare system, but also for the family. Families often need to travel out of town to be with their infant, which causes stress, increased expenses, and loss of income. Once the infant can go home, there may be additional supplies and resources needed to care for their little one, which adds more financial strain on the family. According to the March of Dimes, preterm births costs employers 12.7 billion dollars a year (March of Dimes, 2018).
A community resource that is available in the author’s local community is March of Dimes. The March of Dimes is an organization that has been helping women and their children for 80 years. The March of Dimes focuses on prevention of birth defects and assisting families whose delivery did not go as planned, and their child needs advanced care such as NICU (March of Dimes, 2018). March of Dimes is a great resource from prenatal to after the delivery of their child. March of Dimes has a vast amount of information and resources that are helpful for families caring for a child that is preterm, or has a birth defect.