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APD’s Centering Pregnancy Program Receives March of Dimes WellPoint Grant

November 16, 2012—The Women’s Care Center’s Midwifery Services at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital is the proud recipient of a 2012 WellPoint Grant from the March of Dimes to support their Centering Pregnancy program.

Centering Pregnancy is a unique model of group prenatal care that integrates education and social support.  Six to ten women, and their partners, in similar stages of pregnancy meet for ten two-hour sessions throughout their pregnancy to learn and share experiences with each other, and their midwife. The $5,984.00 grant, supported by WellPoint Foundation, will help APD to provide educational materials, staff and provider training and patient education.

“Our Centering Pregnancy program provides a wonderful opportunity to support pregnant women and their growing families,” said Laurie Foster, Certified Nurse Midwife, Master of Science in Nursing. “As midwives we provide the medical care and assessments, but the experience of sharing your pregnancy with a group of women due at a similar time serves as an invaluable and reassuring support system, both before and after giving birth.”

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit

For more information about APD’s Midwives and Centering Pregnancy click here.