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    Jaidyn and her mom Kristi. (Photo: THV 11 News)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- We brought you the touching story of a mother who suffered great loss but celebrated great joy. Now we tell you how you can help save the lives of babies right here in Arkansas.

    We spoke to Kristi Freeman a few weeks ago when she shared her story with you. She was pregnant with twins five years ago; one twin lived while another died.

    She and her daughter Jaidyn are the Ambassador Family for March of Dimes, an organization helping pregnant women have healthy full term pregnancies.

    They joined Ashley along with March of Dimes state director Janalyn Williams to tell you more on how you can be the difference in a child's life.

    According to the March of Dimes, 38,540 babies are born each year in Arkansas with 4,905 babies are born premature and 1,170 are born with a birth defect.

    Every baby receives a polio vaccine developed with funding by the March of Dimes. Children in Arkansas are vaccinated against 14 diseases.

    Each year about 150 babies in Arkansas receive lifesaving surfactant therapy developed with funding by the March of Dimes.

    Babies in Arkansas receive screening for 29 inherited disorders. They funded the development of four of these tests and advocated for newborn screening for all babies.

    Preventing premature birth in Arkansas could mean a annual savings up to $253 million. Average medical cost for a healthy baby is $4,320 while the average medical cost for a premature baby is $55,025.

    March of Dimes CARES:

    C - Community. Their programs help moms-to-be in Arkansas have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

    A - Advocacy. They advocate for programs that help moms in Arkansas get care and services to improve their health and the health of their babies.

    R - Research. They research the serious problems that threaten babies and work on treatments and preventions.

    E - Education. Our websites provide the latest pregnancy healthy information in English and Spanish. Health experts provide personal answers to moms' questions.

    S - Support. Through their online community and in hospitals in Arkansas, they offer information and comfort to families with a newborn in intensive care.

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