March For Babies: '1 in 11 babies are born premature in Oregon'

EUGENE, Ore. -- More than 400 local supporters joined millions nationwide on Saturday for the annual March For Babies, a walk to raise both money and awareness for the serious issue of infant health.

Celeste Edman has been involved with the March Of Dimes organization for almost ten years. Now pregnant with her second child, she said she's honored to help with their mission to improve the health of babies.

"It doesn't matter whether or not it's your first or your sixth child. I think you worry about whether or not your child is going to be healthy every time," said Edman.

Eugene residents have been participating in the march since 1970. The money raised each year goes toward research breakthroughs and informing pregnant mothers of self-care techniques.

"1 in 11 babies are born premature in Oregon. Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death right now," said Aimee Corey, the March Of Dimes director for the Southern Oregon division.

She says Lane County helped raise more than $115,000 to help mothers have safe, full-term pregnancies.