Large US study shows, midwives reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women.
Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative: General Information
This initiative was a joint effort between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Administration on Children and Families (ACF).
The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative, an effort by the Department of Health and Human Services, aimed to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women. On February 8, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the two strategies of this initiative to achieve these goals. The first was a public-private partnership and awareness campaign to reduce the rate of early elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks for all populations. The other component was a funding opportunity to test the effectiveness of specific enhanced prenatal care approaches to reduce the frequency of premature births among pregnant Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries at high risk for preterm births.
The Strong Start effort to test new approaches to prenatal care was a four-year initiative to test and evaluate enhanced prenatal care interventions for women enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP who were at risk for having a preterm birth. The goal of the initiative was to determine if these approaches to care could reduce the rate of preterm births, improve the health outcomes of pregnant women and newborns, and decrease the anticipated total cost of medical care during pregnancy, delivery and over the first year of life for children born to mothers in Medicaid or CHIP……..
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