Maryland–National Capital Area programs
Supporting moms 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 and beyond. Learn more about some of our community programs below.
CenteringPregnancy is prenatal care that brings together 8 - 12 women in similar stages of pregnancy to learn self-care skills and develop a support network with other members. Each group meets for a total of 10 sessions throughout pregnancy and postpartum. The program has been shown to reduce preterm birth and low birth weight, and increase patient and provider satisfaction. CenteringPregnancy is a program of the Centering Healthcare Institute.
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.
In June 2015, 30 hospitals in Maryland received an award from the March of Dimes for reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy to less than five percent of live births.
Hospitals that received a banner include: Anne Arundel Medical Center; Calvert Memorial Hospital; Carroll Hospital Center; Frederick Memorial Hospital; Garrett County Memorial Hospital; Greater Baltimore Medical Center; Holy Cross Germantown Hospital; Holy Cross Hospital; Howard County General Hospital; Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; Johns Hopkins Hospital; Laurel Regional Hospital; MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center; MedStar Harbor Hospital; MedStar Montgomery Medical Center; MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital; MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital; Meritus Medical Center; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; Shady Grove Medical Center; Sinai Hospital; St. Agnes Hospital; The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center; The University of Maryland Charles Regional Hospital; The University of Maryland Shore Regional Hospital; The University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Hospital; The University of Maryland Medical Center; The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center; Washington Adventist Hospital; and Western Maryland Health System.
Mama & Baby Bus
The Mama & Baby Bus provides free prenatal care to women in Prince George's County and Washington, D.C. who otherwise would not receive the care they need.
Through NICU Family Support®, we provide information and comfort to families coping with the experience of having a baby in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). NICU Family Support aims to help make the NICU experience smoother and less traumatic for the NICU families and to provide professional development to NICU staff.
In the Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter, the NICU Family Support program is located at Children's National Medical Center, Inova Children's Hospital, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, and the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Program Service Committee (PSC)
The March of Dimes Program Services Committee (PSC) is a volunteer committee responsible for the development and implementation of the chapter’s three-year Strategic Mission Investment (SMI) plan. The SMI summarizes the chapter’s plans to reduce the preterm birth rate in MD, DC and Northern VA.
- PSC Structure & Guidelines
- PSC Leadership Manual
- PSC Job Description
- PSC Procedures for Meetings
- PSC Liaison Role
Stork's Nest® is a collaborative project between the March of Dimes and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Launched nationally in 1972, this program has both service and educational components. The service is the establishment of a distribution site, the "Nest," where expectant mothers, referred by cooperating hospitals, clinics, and health centers, can get necessary items such as maternity clothes, layettes and baby products at minimal or no cost. The educational component consists of seven covering such topics as prenatal care, nutrition, drugs, alcohol and smoking, breastfeeding, infant care and parenting.
In the Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter, Stork's Nests are located in the following locations:
• Sacramento Neighborhood Center, Alexandria, VA
• Baltimore Medical System at St. Agnes, Baltimore, MD
• Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
• Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
• University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, MD
• Dorchester County Health Department, Cambridge, MD
• Prince George’s County Schools (mobile unit)
• Hunt Place Health Center, Washington, D.C.
Toward Improving the Outcome of Pregnancy
The March of Dimes Maryland-National Capital Area and Virginia chapters held three “Toward Improving the Outcome of Pregnancy” summits to discuss best practices for perinatal health equity in their communities.