West Virginia grants
Working together to improve the health of moms and babies in our community
The March of Dimes West Virginia Chapter and our partner organizations are helping moms have healthier pregnancies and babies begin healthier lives. Below are some programs where our grants and awards are making a difference.
Smoking during pregnancy increases a baby’s risk of being born too soon. Knowing smoking is harmful is one thing. Knowing how to quit for 39 weeks and not to start smoking again after the baby is born is another. Our grant to the COMMIT program helps pregnant women quit smoking and to remain quitters. This can make an impact beyond pregnancy: a nonsmoking household means babies can grow up without the risks associated with second-hand smoke. It also means moms have a lower risk of lung cancer and other smoking-related illnesses.
Moms who have experienced a premature birth are at greater risk of giving birth early again. HelpUGrow is a West Virginia-Healthy Coalition project that focuses on improving a woman’s health to increase her chances of having a full-term pregnancy and healthy baby.
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. A grant from the West Virginia Chapter is used to implement this program at local community medical centers.