12-Month Pregnancy Program for educators
Can pregnancy be 12 months long? Yes, if you include planning as a necessary component, sort of a trimester of its own.
That's the point behind the March of Dimes 12-Month Pregnancy Program, an online curriculum tool for family and consumer sciences teachers. The program refers to the idea that to have a healthy mom, a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, forethought is key. Ideally, every pregnancy would include at least three months of preparation followed by nine full months of gestation. If young people learn this today, perhaps in the future we will have more healthy moms and more healthy babies.
The articles, activities, videos and citations offered through the 12-Month Pregnancy are intended to provide Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teachers with tools that are consistent with national standards and competencies, as well as FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) skill development. These tools provide the most current information about pregnancy in an ever-changing world of trends, discoveries and interventions.
Our curriculum meets FACS national standards and contributes to meeting the educational standards of analyzing physical and emotional factors related to beginning the parenting process, and the principles of human growth and development through adolescence.
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Most common questions
Do you have lesson plans and curriculum for students?
For the middle school and early high school audience, check out our Teen-2-Teen program. This three part video series, along with a full curriculum, allows teachers, high school students and other community leaders to share healthy lifestyles information with middle school students and 9th graders.
How can I get involved?
Contact your local March of Dimes office and find out if they have any current programs for students.
Join March for Babies by visiting marchforbabies.org - start a new team for your school, campus or club! Or simply ask a few friends to join in your walk for healthy babies.
Use the resources on this site to plan your own fundraiser or awareness event, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any help!
What does the March of Dimes offer youth?
Enriching and enduring lifelong experiences through opportunities to:
- Build leadership skills
- Network among like-minded student leaders nationwide
- Give back to communities and make a difference locally
- Become involved in meaningful civic engagement, including advocating for local and national policies
- Be educated about a healthy lifestyle today and in the future
- Earn community service credits and enhance resume
- Develop public speaking skills while building character and self-confidence
Who is part of March of Dimes Team Youth?
One million youths nationwide are supporting the March of Dimes mission, and all of these volunteers fall under our umbrella term "Team Youth."
From elementary school to college, students and teachers/advisers have joined together to reach the day when every baby is born healthy.
We have many national service partners and youth organizations who have partnered with the March of Dimes.
By volunteering for the March of Dimes, you are a part of Team Youth!