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    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, Perinatal providers and the greater community on the problem of preterm birth, risk factors and strategies for reducing risk. In addition, HBWW provides a supportive structure for implementing bundled evidence-based preterm birth prevention interventions.

    Based on the pilot initiative completed in Kentucky in 2010, the HBWW initiative was expanded to New Jersey in 2011, thanks to funds provided jointly by the March of Dimes and Johnson and Johnson.  The demonstration project is applying the HBWW model to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in preterm birth among the African-American population, specifically in Newark and the surrounding community.  In 2015, we were able to expand the program to Burlington County. 

    Our goal for the programs is to reduce racial disparities in preterm birth rates.  This has been accomplished by establishing the inclusion of a number of evidence based interventions at our partner sites including Newark Beth Israel, University Hospital, Newark Community Health Centers, Virtua Memorial and South Jersey Family Medical Centers.   The interventions have been matched to the needs of the patient population and the site and include patient navigation, improving access to referral services, case management, CenteringPregnancy, improved cultural competence, intimate partner violence screening, increasing folic acid, infection diagnosis and treatment, improving nutrition, identifying and treating periodontal disease, preconception and interconception care, eliminating elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks, reducing stress, and substance abuse treatment and counseling.

    Our partners and advisors include the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, The City of Newark Department of Child and Family Well Being, Burlington County Health Department, WIC, Essex Pregnancy and Parenting, Prevent Child Abuse, University Hospital, Newark Beth Israel, Newark Community Health Centers, Virtua Memorial, South Jersey Family Medical Centers, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers School of Nursing, Rutgers School of Public Health, Southern Perinatal Cooperative, The Partnership for Maternal Child Health of Northern New Jersey, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, Jewish Renaissance Center, Newark Emergency Services, The Leaguers, St. James, Family Intervention Services, Bessie Mae Women’s Health Center and many more.

    To learn more about March of Dimes efforts to decrease late preterm birth in New Jersey, visit www.marchofdimes.org/hbww

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