Supporting moms all throughout their pregnancies.
We give moms the information and care they need before, during and after pregnancy. If something goes wrong, we support families in the NICU. Learn more about some of our community programs below.
NICU Family Support
When a baby is born too soon or very sick and starts life in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU), the March of Dimes is there to support the family. One in every 10 babies born in the United States is admitted to a NICU. Some babies spend just a couple of days, others many long months. Having a baby hospitalized in a NICU can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming. NICU Family Support offers information and comfort. We enhance family-centered care practices in partner hospitals to address the needs of families and provide professional education to NICU staff.
Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait
Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait (HBWW) is a preterm birth prevention initiative with a focus on “preventable” late preterm birth. Through partnerships and collaborations between hospitals, health departments and community organizations, HBWW provides education for pregnant patients, health care providers and the greater community to understand the problem of preterm birth and what measures can be taken to reduce the risks of it occurring.
Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby
In partnership wiht Hy-Vee grocery stores, participants in the Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby program learn how to eat healthy before and during pregnancy from a registered dietician. Topics include valuable information about which foods are beneficial to moms and babies, which foods to avoid, coupons, recipes and more.
Becoming a Mom / Comenzando bien
Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien® is a prenatal curriculum presenting a supportive group setting for pregnant women that is offered in both English and Spanish. Throughout nine sessions, women learn about having a healthy pregnancy with topics like prenatal care, nutrition, stress, labor and birth, postpartum care and newborn care. It also provides culturally relevant social support and demonstrates improved birth outcomes/behavior change where ideas and resources can be shared as well as evaluation tools to increase program participation.
For more information about these programs, please email Michelle Gogerty, Director of Program Services or call (515) 657-6294.