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Family Medicine Residents Receive Grant for "Centering Pregnancy"

The March of Dimes has awarded a grant to Deaconess Family Medicine Residency to support “centering pregnancy” in Vanderburgh County. Centering Pregnancy is a multifaceted model of care that gathers 8 to 12 women of similar gestational age to meet together on a regular basis to learn care skills, develop a support network, and receive education on maternal and infant topics.

Through the Family-Centered Maternity Care program, Deaconess Family Medicine Residents will utilize well-researched methods to reduce risk for preterm labor, increase birth weights, and increase breastfeeding initiation in patients. Peer support and prenatal case management will play a huge role in the program and help reduce the chances of substance abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect.
This grant is one of many that the March of Dimes awards in pursuit of its mission to prevent birth defects and infant mortality. “We will use the March of Dimes grant as seed money to meet our objective of providing mothers and babies with Centering Pregnancy,” said Kaylene Kittle, Operations Manager for the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency. “We are grateful to those volunteers who support the March of Dimes by participating in events like March for Babies and who donate in other ways. That participation and those donations make this grant possible,” she said.
The Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program is a fully accredited, unopposed, hospital-based Family Medicine Residency. DFMR at Deaconess Hospital provides in-depth training in the delivery of comprehensive family-oriented health care. The program focuses on the holistic approach to patient care, in the true tradition of family medicine. You can find them on Facebook at
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 1938, 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 Web site at or its Spanish language Web site at