Better Starts for All is increasing access to care in maternity care deserts through mobile health services, Supportive Pregnancy Care,
provider coalitions and virtual education.
7 million women of childbearing age live in counties without access or with limited access to maternity
Yet women who live in these areas give birth to more than 500,000 babies a year. Nationwide, 35 percent of counties lack access to hospitals offering
obstetric services and have no obstetrics providers. It's time for change.
Supportive Pregnancy Care is a model of prenatal care that combines provision of medical care, social support
and education in a group setting. In this model, groups of up to 12 individuals routinely meet together for
care throughout their pregnancies. Group prenatal care is associated with enhanced maternal and infant health
outcomes including lower preterm birth rates.
Better Starts for All is seeking leaders of community-based organizations and maternal health clinicians
working in or serving Southeast Ohio and Wards 7 and 8 in Washington D.C. March of Dimes will support and
facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of the community-led strategies as determined
by the workgroup with a goal of improving maternal and infant health outcomes.
Mobile health clinics provide healthcare services at designated places in the community, aiming to reach
those who would otherwise not receive healthcare services at a traditional clinic or hospital. Research
shows that mobile health clinic providers often serve at-risk populations and they strive to develop critical
and trusting relationships with patients. Through these trusting relationships, participants are more
likely to adopt healthy behaviors.
Becoming a Mom
Becoming a Mom offers pregnant women free education and support through a series of live, online group
sessions. During these interactive groups facilitated by a trained health educator, participants will
learn about important topics related to pregnancy and baby, and be able to ask questions and connect
with other expecting families in the area. The groups, offered in 60-minute online sessions, are available
in English and Spanish. Topics include prenatal care, foods to eat, how to manage stress, things to avoid
during pregnancy, preparing for labor and birth and caring for yourself and your baby after their arrival.