Covenant Foundation, Inc. Receives March of Dimes Chapter Community Grant to Support CenteringPregnancy®
by Augusta Sires
In 2013, the Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic at Covenant Medical Center began a new form of prenatal care called CenteringPregnancy®. Centering® is a model of health care that includes an individual prenatal health check-up, with additional time for education and sharing in a group setting. It allows pregnant women with similar due dates to gather and bond while experiencing the uniqueness of their pregnancies together.
To support the clinic’s efforts to continue this model of health care to its patients, the Iowa Chapter of the March of Dimes granted Covenant Foundation, Inc. with a Chapter Community Grant Award of $22,843. The monies will be used to support Centering facilitator training and related facilitation costs, along with supplies needed for each session. This is the first time Covenant Foundation, Inc. has received a grant award from the March of Dimes.
The Centering model of health care was introduced at a time when statistics showed that Black Hawk County has one of the highest rates of low birth weight babies in Iowa – babies weighing 5.5 pounds or less. Similar to the mission of the March of Dimes, the Covenant Prenatal Clinic strives to improve birth outcomes and particularly impact the high percentage of babies born with low birth weight in Black Hawk County.
“There are several benefits to participating in Centering prenatal care,” said Jaclyn Roman, Certified Nurse Midwife with the Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic. “Women in Centering groups are less likely to have a preterm baby, they feel more confident to make healthy decisions for themselves and their family, and have higher breastfeeding rates – which is healthier for both mom and baby.”
Covenant Medical Center and the Foundation, appreciates the March of Dimes’ commitment to the CenteringPregnancy model of health care and looks forward to strengthening this type of care offering to Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic patients.
Together with community partners, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is focusing its efforts to improve the health of those most in need. By teaming with local organizations, we’re strengthening the resources we bring to help residents lead healthier, stronger, better lives; and advancing awareness and education of major health issues in our community.