The March of Dimes New York State Chapter has awarded a grant to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to support "Patient Education and Navigation for High-Risk Women," a program that fills an unmet maternal and child health need locally and will help more babies be born healthy.
The program is designed to:
•Decrease the number of pre-term births among participants by one-third.
•Increase the percentage of pregnant women entering prenatal care in their first trimester to 80 percent by next January.
•Educate pregnant women about risk factors to full-term birth, including the effects of cigarette smoking, alcohol, and drug use on the unborn, HIV/AIDs, dental care, and nutrition.
A key component of Memorial's Healthy Moms/Healthy Babies initiative, the program's primary beneficiaries will be women referred by the Niagara Falls Treatment Court, Niagara Falls Drug Court and Niagara County Probation Department.