Swedish Family Medicine Awarded March of Dimes CenteringPregnancy Grant

| Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Seattle, WA, May 21, 2015 —

Swedish Family Medicine Awarded March of Dimes CenteringPregnancy® Grant


SEATTLE - May 21, 2015 - The March of Dimes named Swedish Family Medicine Cherry Hill as the recipient of its CenteringPregnancy® Initiative grant. The program, developed by the Centering Healthcare Institute, is a prenatal care model in which expectant mothers are provided medical assessment, interactive learning, and community building in a group setting by Family Medicine physicians.

“We are honored and excited to begin offering CenteringPregnancy®,” said. Paul Gianutsos, MD, MPH, program director. “With the help of this grant, we can bring a much-needed resource to families in this community.” Swedish Family Medicine Cherry Hill will be the first residency clinic offering CenteringPregnancy® in Washington State. “Our clinic serves women who often live stressful lives with minimal resources and few support systems. Group prenatal care will provide a supportive, nurturing community for these women during their pregnancy using a proven model.”


In addition to traditional one-on-one doctor-patient care, the CenteringPregnancy® model uses an innovative group-based approach where eight to twelve mothers with similar due dates regularly meet  throughout their pregnancy.  These groups help women gain tools to assess their health in a supportive clinical setting. By shifting the dynamic, mothers are more empowered to make choices to ensure a healthy pregnancy.


Swedish Family Medicine Cherry Hill plans to implement CenteringPregnancy® as the primary model of obstetric care in its family medicine residency clinic, serving a projected 80-100 women per year. The grant will be used for start-up training costs, consultant fees, materials, and supplies, and will seed the program for one year. In addition to helping new mothers, the clinic will work to spread advocacy of this method by training its resident physicians in group-based prenatal care. The five-year goal is to graduate 30 physicians who can advocate for the program in their future practices.


Since 1974, Swedish Family Medicine Cherry Hill has attracted some of the nation's brightest medical school graduates and prepared them for rigorous, innovative careers in evidence-based, patient-centered family medicine.  Additionally, the residency aims to address health care disparities present among the underserved citizens of King county by specifically developing the knowledge and skills needed to provide excellent care for low-income, immigrant, homeless, and uninsured patients.


The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. One in ten babies is born prematurely (birth before 37 weeks) in Washington State (9.7%). CenteringPregnancy® is an evidence based, cost effective, patient centered group prenatal care model. It improves pregnancy outcomes, increases satisfaction of the prenatal care experience by both mothers and providers, and lowers healthcare costs.


“The March of Dimes is deeply committed to making a difference in our community and our grants allow us to partner with local organizations to make a real impact on child and maternal health,” said Director of Program Services Gina Legaz with March of Dimes Washington Chapter.  “We thrilled to be able to award this grant to Swedish Family Medicine Cherry Hill for CenteringPregnancy®.”


Funding CenteringPregnancy® practice sites is part of The March of Dimes’ comprehensive Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait (HBWW) initiative to reduce preventable preterm birth. In Washington state, the initiative has reduced early elective deliveries from 15.3% in 2011 to 1.1% into 2014. The March of Dimes has focused on CenteringPregnancy® in Washington State since 2011 as an important patient initiative to improve equity in birth outcomes. In Washington, the March of Dimes has granted eight CenteringPregnancy® grants in areas across the state such as Vancouver, Yakima, Tacoma, Seattle and Everett.


In 2007, Swedish Midwifery & Women’s Health in Ballard was the first in Seattle to offer CenteringPregnancy® and has since helped many new families get a happy, healthy start. Due to its success, Swedish Issaquah Midwifery also offers the program. For more information on all the programs Swedish offers for Women and Children, visit http://www.swedish.org/services/pregnancy-and-childbirth.



About Swedish

Founded in 1910, Swedish is the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds, and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter, or www.twitter.com/swedish.


About March of Dimes

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.  With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.  Find us on Facebook @marchofdimeswa and follow us on Twitter @marchofdimeswa.



About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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