Maryland–National Capital Area programs
Supporting moms all 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. Learn more about some of our community programs below.
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, NICU Family Support is located at Children's National Medical Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and Franklin Square Hospital.
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.
Stork’s Nest is a collaborative project between the March of Dimes and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The project provides prenatal education and incentives for low-income pregnant women.
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.
• Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Md.
• University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, Md.
• Hunt Place Health Center, Washington, D.C.
• Prince George’s County Schools (mobile unit)
• Dorchester County Health Department, Cambridge, MD
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.
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.
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.
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.