Helping moms and babies in Wisconsin
The March of Dimes Wisconsin Chapter funds programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. This includes providing financial support to research and education that will help moms before and during their pregnancies. It also includes working with local medical groups and organizations to improve prenatal care and newborn screening.
The chapter community grants fund for 2016 is approximately $35,000. It is anticipated that 2-3 projects will be funded, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 each. Projects will be considered that address the following focus areas:
1. Providing or enhancing premature birth risk reduction education and/or services. Risk reduction projects include, but are not limited to:
- Providing smoking cessation education and/or services to pregnant women. Preference will be given to prenatal health education and information/referral services that utilize the “5A’s” counseling approach. For more information, go to the American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecology website and read the following article: Click here
- Focusing on premature birth recurrence prevention such as education about “17P” (17α hydroxyprogesterone caproate) treatment for women who have had a previous singleton premature birth.
- Implementing community programs that aim to promote equity in birth outcomes. THis may include March of Dimes programs like Stork's Nest®. Project Alpha, Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien®, and The Coming of the Blessing®.
2. Providing or enhancing preconception health education and/or services. For more information, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Preconception Health and Health Care resources for health professionals at Click Here.
3. Enhancing care through the group prenatal care model (e.g. CenteringPregnancy®)
4. Supporting a quality improvement program related to premature birth prevention with the goal of catalyzing systems change.
- Reducing Early Elective Deliveries
The 2016 grant application window has closed. Grantees will be announced shortly. Thank you to all that applied!
2015 Wisconsin Grants
Congratulations to the following organizations who successfully applied to receive grant funding through the March of Dimes in 2015:
- Safe Babies Healthy Families (Case Management: Childbirth Education): SBHF works hand-in-hand with young, high-risk parents and parents-to-be in Waukesha to ensure safe and healthy children through education, support and resources. They target two populations: 1) pregnant, isolated and/or abused young women and 2) young, at-risk families who lack financial, health and social supports. The goals of this grant are to change knowledge, behavior and birth outcomes. Grant amount $11,000
- Professional Women's Network for Service, Inc. (Birthing Project - Sister-Friend Program): Sister Friend is a maternal and child health program for women 14 to 44. It is a mentoring service for mothers to enhance better birth outcomes. The target population is African-American women in the Racine-Kenosha area with the goals of change in knowledge, behavior and birth outcomes among the participants. Grant amount $9,600
- University of Wisconsin Madison (Centering Pregnancy® - Phase Three): In this group setting, pregnant women are able to relate to other women in the same stage of pregnancy. CenteringPregnancy® is evidence-based; women who consistently attend have better birth outcomes, feel less isolated in their pregnancies, and report feeling good about their pregnancy and the birth of their baby. Grant amount $5,020.
- Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare All Saints (Baby Closet): Targeting African-American pregnant women in Racine who are eligible for Medicaid. The goal is a change in birth outcomes. The Baby Closet is modeled after the Stork's Nest, providing incentives to women for attending prenatal care visits, WIC visits, prenatal care classes, etc. Grant amount $5,020.
- Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph Foundation (Stork's Nest): The Stork's Nest provides education and incentives for women and helps improve birth outcomes as they are more likely to participate in prenatal education and care. Grant amount $5,020.