Maryland–National Capital Area programs
Supporting moms throughout their pregnancies
We give moms the information and care they need before, during and after pregnancy. If something goes wrong, we support families in the NICU and beyond. Learn more about some of our community programs below.
Centering Pregnancy is prenatal care that brings together 8 - 12 women in similar stages of pregnancy to learn self-care skills and develop a support network with other members. Each group meets for a total of 10 sessions throughout pregnancy and postpartum. The program has been shown to reduce preterm birth and low birth weight, and increase patient and provider satisfaction. Centering Pregnancy is a program of the Centering Healthcare Institute.
Commenzando Bien is the March of Dimes prenatal education program for Hispanic women. It was developed in partnership with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and is culturally and linguistically appropriate for Hispanic women.
Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait
Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait (HBWW) is a preterm birth prevention initiative with a focus on “preventable” late preterm birth. Through partnerships and collaborations between hospitals, health departments and community organizations, HBWW provides education for pregnant patients, health care providers and the greater community to understand the problem of preterm birth and what measures can be taken to reduce the risks of it occurring.
Mama & Baby Bus
The Mama & Baby Bus provides free prenatal care to women in the Greater Washington, D.C. Area who otherwise would not receive the care they need.
Through NICU Family Support®, we provide information and comfort to families coping with the experience of having a baby in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). NICU Family Support aims to help make the NICU experience smoother and less traumatic for the NICU families and to provide professional development to NICU staff.
In the Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter, the NICU Family Support program is located at Children's National Medical Center, Inova Children's Hospital, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Loudoun Hospital, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Program Service Committee (PSC)
The March of Dimes Program Services Committee (PSC) is a volunteer committee. PSC members use their expertise to plan, implement and evaluate public and professional health education programs, determine appropriate collaborations and oversee the selection and evalutaion of effective community grants.
- PSC Structure & Guidelines
- PSC Leadership Manual
- PSC Job Description
- PSC Procedures for Meetings
- PSC Liason Role
Project Alpha is collaborative project of the March of Dimes and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. that provides young males with education, motivation and skill-building on issues of responsibility, relationships, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Stork's Nest® is a collaborative project between the March of Dimes and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Launched nationally in 1972, this program has both service and educational components. The service is the establishment of a distribution site, the "Nest," where expectant mothers, referred by cooperating hospitals, clinics, and health centers, can get necessary items such as maternity clothes, layettes and furniture at minimal or no cost. The educational component consists of seven sessions covering prenatal care, nutrition, drugs, alcohol and smoking, genetics, infant care and parenting.
In the Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter, Stork's Nests are located in the following locations:
• Sacramento Neighborhood Center, Alexandria, VA
• Baltimore Medical System at St. Agnes, Baltimore, MD
• Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
• Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
• University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, MD
• Dorchester County Health Department, Cambridge, MD
• Prince George’s County Schools (mobile unit)
• Hunt Place Health Center, Washington, D.C.
Toward Improving the Outcome of Pregnancy
The March of Dimes Maryland-National Capital Area and Virginia chapters held three “Toward Improving the Outcome of Pregnancy” summits to discuss best practices for perinatal health equity in their communities.