Chapel Hill, NC | Jan 21, 2013
Grant from March of Dimes to UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to Helps Moms and Babies in North Carolina
The March of Dimes North Carolina Chapter has awarded a grant to UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to support CenteringPregnancyTM a program that fills an unmet maternal and child health need here. This program will provide three key components of centering groups; a health assessment, patient education, and support. In randomized control trials, group-based prenatal care has been shown to reduce pre-term births, maternal morbidity, and fetal loss.
Groups can either be separated by type of patient or consist of a mixed group. Focused groups would consist of a teen pregnancy education group, advanced maternal age, non-English speaking patients or patients struggling with depression. A mixed group could have a wide variety of these women to help the inexperienced learn from those with experience. Help those battling depression to feel supported by those who understand what she is going through. Grouping these women together fosters a sense of community and develops a support system that last even beyond pregnancy for these women.
In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th Anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life. Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive. Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects. About 4 million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefited from March of Dimes lifesaving research and education.