MARCH FOR BABIES:A MOTHER OF A MOVEMENT™
Our March for Babies celebration is still on, but it looks a little different! We are rapidly preparing for a new, virtualized event that will be fun and engaging for everyone. This change in format aligns with the newly released CDC guidance for large events, to help ensure the safety and health of our participants. More details on our new format to come soon!
Join the movement!
This year, March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement™ has a bold new vision. More than just a walk, it’s your entry into making a visible difference in your community now and for generations to come.
By participating in March for Babies, you’re lifting up communities for health equity, opening the door for all moms to have access to care and protecting the health of families by pushing for their rights. It’s no small feat—it’s a mother of a movement!
Start or join an existing team today, create an online fundraising page and let everyone know that you’re helping to make America a more equitable place and ensure that every mom and baby is healthy.
Offering a variety of volunteer opportunities. For more information, click here.
2023 Event Chair: Jill Shanklin, Vice President, Nursing Excellence UMC Health System
Jill Shanklin is the Vice President of Nursing Excellence at UMC Health System in Lubbock, TX. She oversees the maternal-child service line, as well as Nursing Professional Development & the Magnet Designation program. Her clinical nursing background is 19 years in obstetrics with a passion for quality improvement and employee engagement. She has led numerous projects and initiatives to improve the health and safety of women and newborns including participation in State and National collaboratives to reduce maternal mortality, Level IV Maternal Designation at UMC to enhance quality maternity care, and Baby-Friendly Designation to promote success in a mother’s breastfeeding journey. For the last 13 years, Jill has co-chaired the UMC team for March for Babies. March of Dimes’ mission to unite, connect, honor, and care for families in the Lubbock community has been a passion and pleasure to share in. As a mother of 4, with 4 very distinct and unique birth experiences, Jill knows both personally and professionally the challenge and joy that parents face when starting or expanding their families. As chair this year, Jill is excited to highlight the exceptional work of March of Dimes and the benefit to families right here in our Lubbock community.
Additionally, 2023 marks UMC’s 20th year as a March for Babies Partner, and Jill is honored represent both organizations that truly invest in the health, well-being, and protection of our tiniest citizens. “My entire career has been centered around supporting and improving not only the childbirth experience, but the lifelong wellness of our children. I am thrilled to partner with March of Dimes for the 2023 March for Babies.”
March for Babies will take place at the American Windmill Museum on May 6th, 2023. Registration will begin at 9:00 AM with the walk to begin shortly after at 10:00 AM. We will have child friendly games and activities, including our Super Hero race and so much more! Grab your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers and come out to join us in honoring, remembering and celebrating moms and babies. We cannot wait to see you there!
For updates on the event and to follow along with families and teams follow us on Facebook @MarchofDimesWestTexas
EXPERIENCE PROGRESS* $156,131 RAISED (As of Sunday, Oct 1, 2023)
2023 Mission Family
The Noble Family
The Noble Family
PARTNER WITH MARCH FOR BABIES
Take steps with us to protect the health of every family today and for generations to come.
Thank you to our local sponsors