Working together to improve the health of moms and babies
The March of Dimes Missouri Chapter and our partner organizations are helping moms have healthier pregnancies and babies begin healthier lives. Our grants and awards are making a difference.
This education and support program combines essential components of prenatal care: health assessments, education and group support. Our program graduates and participants make us proud: The evidence-based approach to prenatal support has been shown to reduce c-sections, premature births and low-birthweight babies. The Missouri Chapter is currently supporting CenteringPregnancy programs with grants to Saint Louis University, Grace Hill Health Centers in St. Louis, and Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Friends Foundation in Ste. Genevieve.
Baby & Me - Tobacco Free
Baby & Me - Tobacco Free is an evidence-based program designed to help hundreds of pregnant women quit smoking before, during, and after their pregnancy. This unique program combines cessation support, specific to pregnant women, with an incentive of $25 in monthly diaper vouchers for each month (up to 12 months postpartum) the participant stays quit.
Approximately 17.5% of women in Missouri smoke during pregnancy. That is more than twice the national average. Missouri’s statistics for infant mortality are also significantly higher than the national average, partly due to the high percentage of Missouri women who smoke during pregnancy. Women that quit smoking are far less likely to have a preterm or low birth weight baby, and greatly reduce the damaging effects of secondhand smoke on their children.
March of Dimes is funding Baby & Me sites across Missouri to help moms (and their partners) quit smoking and stay quit.