The Tampa Bay Doula Program

This Doula Program, targeted to low income pregnant women, provides free perinatal services, including community-based childbirth education classes, labor and delivery support, postpartum care, and instruction focusing on mom/baby attachment, extension of breastfeeding duration, and interconception care. Participants in the program have been shown to have a decreased infant mortality rate, reduced need for medical interventions during labor and delivery, and longer duration of breastfeeding their infants.

Breastfeeding Other Prenatal Care and Education Reproductive Life Planning/Family Planning

Colorado Can Do 5! Initiative

Colorado-based initiative that provides informational sessions to state hospitals and medical centers on 5 Baby-Friendly steps associated with breastfeeding duration. 51 of 55 hospitals in Colorado have received training. Included in the CDC’s list of evidence based strategies to support breastfeeding.


Best Fed Beginnings

Nationwide quality improvement initiative to help hospitals improve maternity care and increase the number of “Baby-friendly” designated hospitals in the US. Administered by NICHQ with the CDC and Baby-Friendly USA. Recruited 89 hospitals to participate in a 22 month learning collaborative. Hospitals use quality improvement methods to learn how to make system level changes to maternity care practices in order to be designated “baby friendly.”


Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative (OPQC)

The Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative (OPQC) is a statewide consortium of perinatal clinicians, hospitals, and policy makers and governmental entities that aims, through the use of improvement science, to reduce preterm births and improve birth outcomes across Ohio. OPQC uses monthly action period calls and face-to-face sessions with teams to review individual and aggregate data, learn from teams that have been successful at making changes and achieving improved outcomes, and apply the Model for Improvement to test specific strategies. OPQC was founded in 2007, and is seen as a national model in statewide perinatal improvement.

Case Management/Care Coordination Prenatal Care and Education Risk Assessment

Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait

Objective was to decrease the preterm birth rate in Kentucky by addressing preventable preterm births. Selected activities included the formation of Local Advisory Committees to inform the work; ongoing comparison of current practice to new science and best practice; identifying and addressing gaps in the system of care; education of providers, patients, and public about new information around prematurity and risks of early births; implementation of evidence-based practices; strengthening systems of care; and measuring progress. The HBWW model has been expanded to many sites in Texas.

Prenatal Care and Education


“PASOs (or “steps” in Spanish) aims to improve health of Latino families in South Carolina by educating Latino parents and caregivers on issues related to healthy pregnancies and prenatal care, as well as appropriate child development and resources for child health, and by advocating for better, more accessible services for Latinos. PASOs provides a free, comprehensive 14-hour prenatal empowerment course, community health outreach and individual interventions to Latino families, and consultative services for maternal and child health providers and policymakers throughout South Carolina.

Parenting Education Prenatal Care and Education

Prenatal Plus Program

Prenatal Plus is a program that provides care coordination, nutrition and mental health counseling to Medicaid-eligible pregnant women in Colorado who are at a high risk for delivering low birth weight infants. The program uses the client-centered counseling approach with all participants to address a variety of issues that have been shown to have a negative impact on birth outcomes. The key health areas targeted by this program are healthy weight, smoking cessation and depression. The program has been demonstrated to decrease the rate of low-birth weight infants and resolve the risks putting women at risk of delivering low-birth weight infants.

Case Management/Care Coordination Depression Healthy Weight Tobacco Cessation

You Quit Two Quit

You Quit Two Quit aims to ensure that there is a comprehensive system in place to screen and treat tobacco use in women, pregnant women, and postpartum mothers. You Quit Two Quit focuses on low-income women, new mothers, and recidivism prevention. Project activities include increasing the number of providers who screen, advise, and refer patients to the North Carolina Quitline, distributing patient and provider education materials statewide, developing best-practice, sustainable, community based smoking cessation projects for women, pregnant women, and new moms, and creating continuity of care by focusing on the preconception, prenatal and perinatal periods, and including an emphasis on preventing postpartum relapse and eliminating second-hand smoke exposure.

Tobacco Cessation

Strong Healthy Women

Health behavior intervention that aims to improve women’s preconception and interconception health. Developed for low-income rural communities in Central Pennsylvania. Enrolls non-pregnant women capable of becoming pregnant in the future. Provides education about health-related factors associated with poor pregnancy outcomes; facilitates increased physical activity and improved nutrition; and encourages self-efficacy for personal healthcare. Enrollees attend six 2 hour group sessions over 12 weeks. Intervention was found to have improved attitudes and behaviors related to nutrition, folic acid supplementation, physical activity, and stress management, increased internal control of birth outcomes, lowered weight and BMI, and lowered pregnancy weight gain.

Healthy Weight Nutrition

Every Woman North Carolina: North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign

This statewide initiative aims to improve birth outcomes in North Carolina. The goals of the March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign are to reduce infant mortality, birth defects, premature birth, and chronic health conditions in women, while also aiming to increase intended pregnancies. Key objectives are to improve women’s wellness, improve reproductive outcomes, and reduce health disparities. The campaign provides wellness and reproductive life planning resources for women, and training and resources for healthcare providers.

Reproductive Life Planning/Family Planning

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