August 24, 2017

Maitland, FL – AUGUST 24, 2017 – March of Dimes, whose mission is to improve the health of babies, is pleased to advance maternal and infant health by supporting Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare with a $28,650 community service grant. The program will establish CenteringPregnancy at the Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency program.

            The March of Dimes funds programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. This includes financial support to research and education that will help moms before and during their pregnancies. It also includes working with local medical groups and organizations to improve prenatal care and newborn screening. In 2016, March of Dimes awarded $114,000 to community agencies throughout Florida.

With these funds, CenteringPregnancy provides better care through nationally recognized guidelines with the flexibility and time to explore topics outside of the typical obstetric appointment. Additionally, studies have shown this type of group care decreases the rate of preterm and low birth weights and increases breastfeeding rates. “The new CenteringPregnancy program at Tallahassee Memorial furthers our mission of becoming a baby friendly facility through educating moms before they give birth,” said Connie Styons, Administer for the Women and Children service line at Tallahassee Memorial. “The support system associated with CenteringPregnancy gives moms an additional degree of confidence, ensuring a more positive prenatal experience for both mother and baby.”

“We are pleased to award Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation funding to support women during their pregnancy. The impact of this project will be in helping to prevent preterm births,” said Karen Harris, MD, Maternal Child Health Committee Chair. “Our successful fundraising efforts, such as March for Babies, make it possible for us to support this new, locally focused effort to help give every baby a fighting chance.”



About Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare

Founded in 1948, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) is a private, not-for-profit community healthcare system committed to transforming care, advancing health, and improving lives with an ultimate vision of leading the community to be the healthiest in the nation. Serving a 17-county region in North Florida and South Georgia, TMH is comprised of a 772-bed acute care hospital, a psychiatric hospital, multiple specialty care centers, three residency programs, 31 affiliated physician practices and partnerships with Doctors’ Memorial Hospital, Florida State University College of Medicine, UF Health, Weems Memorial Hospital and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit TMH.ORG.


About the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit or Find us on Facebook at @marchofdimesflorida, Twitter at @marchofdimesfl, and Instagram at @marchofdimesflorida.