For Immediate Release June 09, 2016

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GLEN BURNIE, MD – University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG) – Women’s Health (formerly Baltimore Washington Women’s Health Associates), has been named a recipient of a $30,000 grant from the Amerigroup Foundation for a group prenatal program to help impact infant mortality rates. This grant was made possible through a partnership between the national March of Dimes and the Anthem Foundation. The CenteringPregnancy™ program, which has been in place for three years at UM CMG, is also the recipient of chapter grant funding from the March of Dimes Maryland National Capital Area Chapter.

CenteringPregnancy™ is a model of care for pregnant women that allows them to complete their conventional medical history and physical exam privately and then participate in a group of 8 to 12 women with similar due dates to discuss nutrition, stress management, domestic safety and delivery options. One of the benefits of the CenteringPregnancy program is that evidence shows group support and education during pregnancy increases birth weight and lowers pre-term deliveries. In Anne Arundel County, pre-term births and low birth weight is a leading cause of infant mortality. In their annual Report Card of Community Health Indicators, the county Department of Health advises that early and continuous prenatal care and education about healthy pregnancies and caring for a baby (immunizations, injury prevention and safe sleep position) may help improve the health and survival of infants.

“The providers and staff are honored to have received this grant from the Anthem Foundation so we can continue to address the very real problem of infant mortality,” said nurse midwife and Centering provider Paula J. Greer, C.N.M., who has been with the program since its inception in 2012. Our CenteringPregnancy program helps women of all backgrounds receive prenatal support in a setting that’s been proven to lower infant deaths.

CenteringPregnancy groups are formed between 12 and 16 weeks gestation and participants attend ten two-hour prenatal sessions with a facilitator and provider. The groups promote better birth outcomes through more provider-patient contact, patient empowerment and learning, self-care and support among group members.

Currently, the CenteringPregnancy program at UM CMG – Women’s Health is the only one offered in Anne Arundel County. Classes are held in UM CMG’s Glen Burnie and Hanover offices. With the grant money, UM CMG – Women’s Health will purchase additional patient care and education materials including books and videos for program participants. The program is also expanding to serve the Hispanic population and will offer classes later in 2016.

For more information about CenteringPregnancy please call 410-553-8260.