Kick-off celebration for March for Babies in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The U.S. is one of the most dangerous developed countries to give birth in, according to the March of Dimes, a non-profit fighting for the health of moms and babies.

Supporters committed to making it safer gathered Thursday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark to start raising money for the annual March for Babies. It’s happening May 17 at Keeneland.

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According to the organization, two babies die every hour in the U.S. and about every 12 hours a woman dies as a result of complications from pregnancy.

A mom whose premature twin girls died says she shares her story to support other mothers.

“They passed away in our arms and it was really totally unexpected. We really didn’t know a whole lot about preterm labor or the indications for that so that’s when it really started for us our involvement with March of Dimes.”

March of Dimes hopes to raise $200,000 for the walk.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.