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March of Dimes grant aids women's health at Memorial

by Marwa
Thu, Aug 18th 2011 03:35 pm

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.

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