Working together to improve the health of moms and babies in our community
The March of Dimes Georgia Chapter and our partner organizations are helping moms have healthier pregnancies and babies begin healthier lives. Below are some highlights from programs where our grants and awards are making a difference.
Preconception & Interconception
Clayton County Board of Health: Making our Mothers Successful (M.O.M.S) - The proposed program will provide: 1) Home-based education, pregnancy, newborn support, outreach service in an effort to decrease infant mortality rate, and improve low birth outcomes.
The program currently has 50 participants made up of high risk pregnant women, pregnant teens, and women with a low or very low birth weight. They increased the enrollment in WIC during the women’s first trimester to 45.5% (baseline was 38.8 %.), currently 612 women. 48 mothers jointly enrolled in MOMS and WIC. 69 women participated in focus groups who received WIC services in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters to determine barriers to enrollment in the first trimester. There are 1,460 preconception and five interconception clients referred to and receiving preconception/interconception health care services. The number of women with a previous poor birth outcome receiving interconception health services through home-based health education pregnancy and newborn support services increased from 2 to 20.They collaborated with WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors to expand reach of home based services to pregnant teens and served 15 teens.
Southwest Public Health District: Due What’s Best - SW Public Health began their CenteringPregnancy® program in 2009 to not only increase prenatal care access, but increase birth weights, gestational age (decrease preterm rate), and satisfaction rates in African American women.
As of June 3, 2011, the program has 121 patients eligible for Centering. 84 enrolled and attended at least one session. At that time they just started their 12th group. They currently have four active groups. During the last six months, there were eight active groups with 40 participants. There were 20 deliveries. Of those births, 12 were normal deliveries with two first time c-sections and four repeat c-sections. They were unable to obtain delivery information on two patients due to moving with no forwarding addresses. Preterm delivery was at 5% (base rate 14.7% and last year the rate was 9.7 %.). Of the 40 participants enrolled during the above time period, 18 have not delivered and are waiting delivery information on two.
Houston Healthcare: Caring for your Baby before Birth - The project focuses on decreasing the incidence of low birth weight infants in North Central Health District by targeting women most at risk for poor pregnancy outcomes. This will be accomplished by: 1) social marketing campaign to increase awareness, 2) education including the Stork’s Nest curriculum with incentives, and 3) individualized care management for women who identify as high risk for poor pregnancy outcomes.
94 women were identified and referred to the program due to a high-risk pregnancy. 41 of the 94 have delivered. Two infants out of 41 deliveries were low-birth weight or 5% (baseline for all women was 11.6% and 16% for African American women). The preterm rate of the participants in the program was 7% and the baseline rate was 13%. Houston Healthcare collaborated with three local high schools with the highest pregnancy rates. There were 37 teen moms or pregnant teens who attended pregnancy related classes. Only 12 of the 37 are pregnant at this time. Of the 12, nine have delivered full-term. Of this group, there were no preterm or low birth weight infants. The others are teen moms who are being educated on pre-conception health as well as prevention of another teen pregnancy. There have been 637 who attended a community pregnancy related class and 108 have attended a breast feeding class.