The March of Dimes Virginia Chapter helps to advance maternal and infant health in Lynchburg and Farmville, VA by supporting the Before Baby Moms Club Program through a grant to Centra Women and Children’s Services. Before Baby Moms Club is an evidence based program that improves birth outcomes by providing prenatal education and support for parents-to-be in a fun group setting. It offers an opportunity for women in various stages of their pregnancies to explore issues, receive information, learn practical skills and have their questions answered as a group.
The program is facilitated by a trained educator in an informal and non-intimidating setting, using a colorful, comprehensive and easy to understand prenatal guide.
“I believe that every parent wants and deserves the best for their baby, states Ann Scott, Before Baby Moms Club Program Coordinator, the program empowers parents with the confidence and knowledge needed to make the best decisions for themselves and their babies.”
Participants receive information at every meeting on at least one of the following core topics; preterm labor, nutrition, safe sleep, breastfeeding, substance use, birth spacing and abuse/depression. Centra offers a wealth of services for women and children. Maternity services at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital are a recognized hallmark. Each year, our experienced staff helps mothers bring over 2,600 new babies into the world.
Our medical expertise is widely recognized, and we offer facilities that are among the most up-to-date in the country. Through a combination of excellent care and community education, we provide families with personalized, professional care.
Before Baby Moms Club meets on Thursdays from 5:30pm-7pm at the Center for Childbirth and Family Education at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital and on Wednesdays from 12noon-1:30pm in the Quad at Southside Community Hospital. No registration is required and moms may bring a support person. Meetings are always free and moms receive diapers and other incentives along the way.
Studies show that Before Baby Moms Club programs have a positive impact on prenatal care and birth outcomes are consistently better than those who receive traditional prenatal care only. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies.
For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org. For the latest information about Before Baby Moms Club Virginia, visit www.bbmomsclub.org.