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.
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.
March of Dimes Supportive Pregnancy Care
March of Dimes Supportive Pregnancy Care (SPC) is a new model of group prenatal care. SPC is a cost-efficient and sustainable model that supplements traditional medical care with a focus on social support, health education and skill-building in a group setting with a team of clinicians. Group sessions offer adequate time to address medical and health education concerns. For more information about this new program, please email: [email protected]
Our Preconception and prenatal genetic screening pocket facts describes widely used screening methods and data for certain birth defects.
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:
- The 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 hospitals across the United States, AIM works 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, including venous thromboembolism.
- 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 offers a forum for sharing your own activities, resources and assessments.
- The IMPLICIT (Interventions to Minimize Preterm and Low birthweight Infants through Continuous Improvement Techniques) Network is a collaborative of family medicine residencies focused on developing techniques to deliver evidence-based interventions during prenatal care. One of these interventions is performing interconception care (ICC) at pediatric well-child visits. In collaboration with the March of Dimes, the Network developed the IMPLICIT interconception care toolkit to help providers implement the ICC model into their own practice.
- Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, works to ensure that all young people—no matter who they are, where they live, or what their economic status might be—have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child.