WWC Awarded March of Dimes Grant
Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014

The March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter has awarded a grant to the Waimea Women’s Center at NHCH. This grant will enhance the CenteringPregnancy® group model of prenatal care.  CenteringPregnancy® empowers women to make healthy life choices and has been found to increase babies birth weights and gestational age, which improves pregnancy outcomes. 

This grant is one of many that the March of Dimes awards in pursuit of its mission to prevent birth defects and infant mortality.

“We will use the March of Dimes grant to meet our objective of providing mothers and babies with the CenteringPregnancy® group prenatal care model,” said Annette Manant, Certified Nurse Midwife at Waimea Women’s Center.  “We are grateful to those volunteers who support the March of Dimes by participation in events like March for Babies and who donate in other ways.  That participation and those donations make this grant possible,” said Pat Hopkins, Certified Nurse Midwife at Waimea Women’s Center.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.  Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth.  For more information, visit the March of Dimes Website at marchofdimes.com or its Spanish language Website at nacersano.org.