Aurora Sinai Medical Center has received a $24,000 community grant from the March of Dimes to help address the city’s high infant mortality rate. Aurora Sinai’s Midwifery and Wellness Center and the Women’s Health Clinic are the grant recipients and provide care to many of the area’s most vulnerable women. The grant, led by Jackie Tillett, CNM, ND, FACNM, Aurora Sinai midwifery nurse manager, will support the enhancement and expansion of the Centering Pregnancy® model for better birth outcomes for mothers and babies.
This multifaceted model increases access to care and promotes self-efficacy and parenting skills. Group prenatal care offers a supportive atmosphere for prenatal women to build medical and peer networks, learns care skills, and facilitates discussion and learning. “Our Chapter is very pleased to support the growth of an innovative, evidence-based prenatal care model to serve more women with otherwise limited resources,” said Maureen Kartheiser, March of Dimes state director of programs, advocacy, and government affairs. “Working together, we will increase the number of stronger, healthier babies born in Milwaukee.” Aurora Sinai aims to create a sustainable, replicable model for group prenatal care for urban health centers. Tillett said, “We are grateful for the March of Dimes Wisconsin Chapter’s investment in our program to improve the health of our local community from conception to future generations.”
The mission of the March of Dimes is to ensure that all babies are born healthy by reducing birth defects, prematurity and infant mortality. In the Wisconsin Chapter, funds have been invested in a number of projects aimed at reducing prematurity to ensure all babies in our community start life in the healthiest way possible. Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.