Preconception, premature birth, newborn screening and genetics are all important aspects of perinatal health care. The March of Dimes provides resources and links to help you stay up to date on these critical topics.
Through our Prematurity Campaign, we aim to raise public awareness of the problems of prematurity and decrease the rate of preterm birth in the United States and throughout the world. Special resources for professionals can help you join us in this important effort.
The March of Dimes provides a wide range of patient education resources to help health care professionals inform patients and their families and improve the health of mothers and babies.
Our Preconception and Prenatal Genetic Screening Pocket Facts describes widely used screening methods and data for certain birth defects.Our Newborn Screening pocket facts focuses on the 28 metabolic conditions plus hearing that are currently screened for as part of the standard panel. Since the guide was first printed, the panel now includes screenings for congenital heart defects and severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.
The March of Dimes works with a number of organizations to bring the most current scientific and clinical information to providers on a number of topics:
- Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) is an initiative by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity by helping more moms have safe maternity care. Working with a large number of hospitals across the United States, AIM hopes to improve a culture of maternal safety to address the increasing rates of maternal mortality due to obstetric hemorrhage, high blood pressure and blood clots, like venous thromboembolism. For more information, please contact: Jeanne Mahoney at email@example.com.
- March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign includes partners and alliances working together to help lead the national effort to fight prematurity.
- Beforeandbeyond.org is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) preconception initiative for health care providers.
- The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) promotes a wellness model of maternity care to improve birth outcomes and reduce health care costs. Its Breastfeeding is Priceless fact sheet offers recommendations for providers to support breastfeeding in clinical practice.
- The Genetics/Genomics Competency Center for Education provides genetics and genomics resources, including competency guidelines and curricula. It also provides a forum for sharing your own activities, resources and assessments.
- The March of Dimes is a member of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. This organization seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families through efforts to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy, especially among single, young adults.