A recent grant from the March of Dimes Indiana Chapter will help fund Eskenazi Health’s prenatal care programs.

The $25,000 grant is part of the March of Dimes’ continued efforts to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Specifically, the grant allows Eskenazi Health to expand Centering Pregnancy to expectant mothers with a special emphasis on women with prior preterm births. Centering Pregnancy is a multifaceted model of group care that integrates three major components – health assessment, education and support – into a unified program within prenatal care.

These funds will greatly benefit our patients and allow us to provide additional services to at-risk pregnant women who are seeking services at Eskenazi Health,” said Dr. Elizabeth Ferries-Rowe, obstetrics and gynecology service chief at Eskenazi Health. “Our aim is to improve birth outcomes and the health of babies born in Marion County.

Specific plans call for the grant funds to be used to enhance programs offered at the Eskenazi Health Outpatient Care Center and Eskenazi Health Center Westside.

Eskenazi Health Women’s and Children’s Services provides a full range of services, from prenatal testing to surgical management of complex medical conditions. Staffed by Indiana University School of Medicine faculty physicians, the department provides one-of-a-kind care to expectant mothers and their families.

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 1931, 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.

CONTACT: Todd Harper
Phone: 317.880.4785
Pager: 317.310.5972 
Email: todd.harper@eskenazihealth.edu

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