The March of Dimes offers The Coming of the Blessing Photo Exhibit

Bethany and Mia of Sioux and Hidatsa Descent – North Dakota

Sanford Clinic in Fargo will host the Coming of the Blessing Photo Exhibit offered by the March of Dimes.

The Coming of the Blessing is a March of Dimes initiative that focuses on American Indian and Alaska Native families by providing prenatal education, training and resources that encourage women to include traditional beliefs, lessons from their ancestors and their partners in their circle of support during pregnancy, allowing them to make healthier choices for themselves and their babies.

More than 4.8 million American Indians and Alaska Natives live in theUnited States. Their cultures are deeply rooted in respect for nature, life, ancestors, women and children with strong family and community bonds. Pregnant women are believed to be special and cared for by their family and the arrival of a baby into a family is considered a great blessing.

Despite these beliefs, American Indians and Alaska Natives have the second highest rate of premature births among all racial/ethnic groups in theUS. More than 14% (or 1 in 7) American Indian/Alaska Native babies are born prematurely each year. Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and puts babies at risk for lifelong health problems.

The Coming of the Blessing photo exhibit depicts the stories of American Indian/Alaska Native families whose paths were changed forever by the birth of a premature baby. It uncovers both the adversities and the unexpected blessings experienced by these families through pictures and storytelling.

The photo exhibit will be on display at Sanford Health – Fargo from June 10th – 14th in the clinic lobby of their 737 Broadway location. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will continue to tour the region throughout the summer with scheduled exhibits in Aberdeen, Fargo and Minot.

To find out more, please contact the North Dakota Chapter of the March of Dimes at 701-235-5530 or visit

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit