Education and development for health professionals

The March of Dimes offers a range of educational opportunities for health professionals, some of which include continuing education credits. Our resources include online materials, nursing modules, grand rounds, conferences and seminars.

Prematurity Prevention Symposium
The Prematurity Prevention Symposium enhances prematurity prevention efforts in the United States through the sharing of information about the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions, programs, policies and other activities undertaken to help prevent preterm births. It also brings together a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting prematurity prevention.

The Prematurity Prevention Symposium is organized by the March of Dimes in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

Visit the Prematurity Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) or email us for more information.

Nursing education
For more than 30 years, the March of Dimes has offered continuing education to perinatal nurses. Developed by top experts in the field, our print and online materials can be used for individual or group study. We also support future nursing leaders by awarding scholarships to students who are pursuing graduate degrees in perinatal nursing.

Genetics education

March of Dimes and its partners have developed a free point of care tool for primary prenatal providers, called the Pregnancy & Health Profile, to help integrate genetics into your practice.  The computer-based tool collects standard information as part of prenatal care intake and helps identify and address potential pregnancy conditions and family history risks to help keep a woman and her baby healthy.

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.

See also: The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program

Most common questions

Does the March of Dimes offer professional education on preterm labor and birth?

Yes. The March of Dimes Compendium on Preterm Birth is an online curriculum for health professionals about how to detect patients at risk for early delivery and assess behaviors that trigger premature birth. We also offer grand rounds and nursing education modules that address preterm labor and birth.

Does the March of Dimes support grand rounds?

Yes. The March of Dimes grand rounds program provides continuing education for perinatal health care providers on topics relevant to the March of Dimes mission: prevention of infant mortality, birth defects and preterm birth. Grand rounds strengthen the relationship between local March of Dimes chapters and the medical, nursing and public health communities. For more information, contact your local March of Dimes chapter.

What continuing education opportunities do you offer for perinatal nurses?

Nurses can earn continuing education credits through March of Dimes print and online materials. Topics include cultural competence, preterm labor and birth, breastfeeding, obstetrical emergencies, abuse during pregnancy, infertility, diabetes in pregnancy, genetics and perinatal loss. The March of Dimes has provider status through the New York State Nurses Association and the California Board of Registered Nursing. For more information, visit our nursing education Web site.

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