CMC/DHK's Women's Health Department Receives Grant from March of Dimes | Cheshire Medical Center / Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene



CMC/DHK's Women's Health Department Receives Grant from March of Dimes

October 03, 2013
Keene, NH

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) recently received a generous grant from the New Hampshire Chapter of the March of Dimes Community Grants Program in support of the CenteringPregnancy® Program of the Dorothy Penniman Hubbard Center for Women’s Health. The NH Chapter March of Dimes Community Grants Program invests in projects that further the mission of the March of Dimes, supporting national and state objectives and reducing disparities in birth outcomes. The funds were distributed as part of a one-million-dollar grant given to the March of Dimes by the WellPoint Foundation, Inc. to support CenteringPregnancy® programs nationwide in order to increase access to and utilization of prenatal care services. "We are pleased to be in partnership with the Hubbard Center for Women’s Health. They have a strong commitment to improving prenatal care using the group model, and it is working," said Abby Rogers, NH March of Dimes Director of Program Services.

The CenteringPregnancy® Program is a group model of care that integrates the three major components of care: health assessment, education, and support, into a unified program within a group setting facilitated by a trained health practitioner. In this setting, 8 to 12 pregnant women meet together to learn care skills, participate in a facilitated discussion, and develop a support network with other group members. Each group meets for a total of 10 sessions throughout their pregnancies and for a period of time after the birth. Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene implemented this group model in 2008. During the two-hour sessions, participants can discuss many more issues than possible during a traditional appointment, and the medical responses sought by one woman will undoubtedly benefit others. The CMC/DHK Centering Pregnancy® Program participants proclaim positive experiences in this group setting.

“We believe the Centering Pregnancy® model of group prenatal care creates superior patient satisfaction and improved outcomes compared to traditional individual prenatal care,” said Jessica Densmore, Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) at CMC/DHK. With the supporting grant funds, she and her Womens Health colleagues will conduct a prenatal care evaluation study to include a comparison of outcomes of traditional individual prenatal care to the CenteringPregnancy® group model.

Learn More about the Centering Pregnancy® Program in the Pregnancy & Birth Section of our website.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/D-HK, Healthy Monadnock 2020 (formerly Vision 2020) is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by 2020. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit

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