Supporting moms before, during and after pregnancy
March of Dimes offers a variety of programs throughout the state to help local communities have stronger, healthier babies. Learn more about our community programs and available resources below.
Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait
Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait is a multi-dimensional, community-based approach to preventing preventable preterm births. The goal of HBWW is to change the community’s knowledge, attitudes and behavior regarding preterm birth, and its risk factors and strategies to prevent it. In order to affect the entire community, HBWW utilizes a multi-level model, bundling interventions and education strategies for patients, perinatal providers and the general public. This community collaborative model brings together prenatal education and clinical prenatal care providers to create a system of comprehensive services designed to improve pregnancy outcomes. All Kansas program sites use the March of Dimes Becoming a Mom/ Comenzando bien prenatal education curriculum.
Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien®
Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien® is a prenatal education program created for pregnant women. The information provided is designed to improve participants’ chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Classes serve as a source of social support for the women and allow them the opportunity to connect with other mothers in a similar situation. The program has been implemented in a variety of settings, including community-based organizations, churches and worksites, and it is taught by trained facilitators. Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien® takes a holistic approach to caring for the family, using education that helps women enhance their well-being and improve birth outcomes.
Kansas Safe Sleep Campaign
The Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network, Inc. (KIDS Network) serves those individuals who have been touched by the tragedy of infant death or SIDS and those individuals or organizations who strive to reduce the risk of infant deaths by providing supportive services, community education, professional training, and supporting associated research. Through a partnership with the March of Dimes Greater Kansas Chapter, the KIDS Network provides consumer education through community baby showers and provider education for public health professionals and health care providers. Contact the KIDS Network for more information on program resources and services.
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. Some babies spend just a couple of days, others many long months. Having a baby 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. NICU Family Support locations include Saint Luke’s Hospital, Children’s Mercy Hospital, North Kansas City Hospital and Shawnee Mission Medical Center (all in Kansas City) and Stormont Vail HealthCare (Topeka). Hospitals interested in becoming a NICU Family Support site should contact, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthy Babies Healthy Business
The emotional costs of premature birth to families is high—and so are the financial costs to businesses. The March of Dimes has created a free tool to help employees make better health care decisions. Healthy Babies, Healthy Business is a multi-dimensional health education program for the workplace. It offers resources to help companies improve employee health and the health of the company’s bottom line. You can order the brochure by calling 800-367-6630 or online at marchofdimes.com/catalog.
Natural disasters can make life more complicated for pregnant women and infants living in high risk areas. While we can’t change the weather, we can change what we do to deal with whatever Mother Nature delivers.
Prematurity Awareness Month
The March of Dimes has designated November as Prematurity Awareness Month to let us know that premature birth is a crisis in our country and to bring people together to help give all babies their 9 months. The March of Dimes is leading a national effort to save babies from premature birth by funding research to find the causes.
The March of Dimes makes numerous data and program resources available to providers and consumers. PeriStats was developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center and provides access to maternal and infant health data for the United States and by state or region. The free site includes more than 60,000 graphs, maps, and tables.
Check out the March of Dimes Prematurity Prevention Resource Center - the most comprehensive source of information for professionals on premature birth and prematurity prevention.
Health education resources are available to providers and consumers through the March of Dimes Fulfillment Center. Our products reflect 75 years of experience in promoting healthy behaviors that lead to healthy pregnancies and healthy babies and provide support to parents when a baby is born too soon or when there's a loss. Our goal is to provide businesses, health care professionals and consumers access to educational products they need to improve the health of mothers and babies.