More than 7,000 volunteers in the Salt Lake area will be working this this week to stamp out birth defects.

The volunteers are part of the annual March of Dimes Mothers March.For more than 35 years, mothers have been going door-to-door to raise money for the March of Dimes - first to conquer polio and today to help give babies a healthy start in life.

State chairman Marion Palmer said Salt Lake area marchers will join 10,000 volunteers statewide in neighborhood drives to deliver a "Baby Your Baby" health message and coupons from campaign sponsors.

"During the Mothers March, volunteers go door-to-door around their neighborhood asking for donations to be used to fight against the nation's number one child-health problem - birth defects," said Doreen Hendrickson, staff member responsible for the Mothers March in southern Utah.

Hendrickson said the goal this year in southern Utah is$80,000.

"Much of the money donated remains in Utah as part of the 14 local or national grants located here. Other March of Dimes services include professional and public health education programs.

Funds raised by the Mothers March support diagnosis and treatment of babies before and after birth, genetic counseling, prenatal care programs and research into the causes of birth defects.

For more information about the March of Dimes call the Southern Utah Division Office at 373-4199 in Provo or the Greater Utah Chapter at 363-5500 in Salt Lake City.