About March of Dimes Supportive Pregnancy Care
The March of Dimes Supportive Pregnancy Care program is a flexible way to provide prenatal health care and education to a group of pregnant individuals. Supportive Pregnancy Care fosters health literacy and health equity and is unique in that it addresses both social determinants of health and medical factors. Supportive Pregnancy Care strives to be culturally relevant to the variety of communities served. It is also flexible, allowing you to personalize care to your organization's needs and capacity, while addressing your patients' specific needs.
Supportive Pregnancy Care offers
• Prenatal Care & Health Education
• Social support
• Positive experiences for both pregnant people and providers
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, March of Dimes is working diligently to support existing and future Supportive Pregnancy Care sites in offering group prenatal care virtually or in a socially distanced format.
March of Dimes Supportive Pregnancy Care aligns with prenatal care guidelines established by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists & the American Academy of Pediatrics. Individuals enrolled in Supportive Pregnancy Care receive approximately 10 group sessions during the pregnancy - once a month for the first and second trimester and every two weeks during the third trimester. An expectant individual will be given her appointment schedule for the entire pregnancy at the first prenatal visit.
At each group session a pregnant person has an individual health assessment with a licensed obstetric provider. They are empowered to take part in their health care by learning how to measure and record their weight, blood pressure & gestational age. The expectant individual then spends approximately 90 minutes in a group education session with other individuals of similar gestational age. The group sessions are co-facilitated by two health professionals, a licensed obstetric provider and another health care professional and cover issues of pregnancy, labor and delivery, infant care, family planning, post-partum maternal care and stress management. Participants learn from each other through the sharing of knowledge and experiences. The session content is flexible and can be tailored to the needs of the group.
During each visit, expectant individuals will have more time with their care providers than they would during their standard individual prenatal checkups, and benefit from prenatal care education and vital social and emotional support from other group members. This environment can empower individuals to take control of their pregnancy care. Group sessions foster relationships and friendships among the participants that can last throughout their pregnancies and beyond.
Both pregnant individuals and providers report having positive experiences with Supportive Pregnancy Care.
“I love the group talks…I love the different experience that everyone else has been through…it helps me along the way with my pregnancy” (Supportive Pregnancy Care participant)
“You are able to provide such quality care in a short amount of time, that is typically not allowed in a traditional setting. It always feels like a rush when you are going from one patient to another… but to bring a group of patients together to educate them and also take care of them at one time, allows for a shorter period of time to give really meaningful efficient care!”
(Supportive Pregnancy Care Provider)
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