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Moms2B Program Seeks to Improve Pregnancy, Infant Outcomes

Community-based program targets urban neighborhoods with high rates of infant mortality

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Participation in the Moms2B pregnancy support program shows promise for improving pregnancy and infant outcomes among women living in at-risk neighborhoods, according to a study published online Jan. 20 in the Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Erinn M. Hade, Ph.D., from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, and colleagues compared outcomes for 675 women participating in the Moms2B program during pregnancy (two or more prenatal visits from 2011 to 2017) who delivered a singleton live birth or stillbirth (≥20 weeks of gestation) to a closely matched group of 1,336 women not participating in the program.

The researchers found lower risk among pregnancies exposed to Moms2B versus unexposed pregnancies for the primary outcomes of low birth weight (9.45 versus 12 percent, respectively; risk difference, −2.55; 95 percent confidence interval, −5.44 to 0.34; P = 0.083) and preterm birth (risk reduction, −1.74; 95 percent confidence interval, −4.76 to 1.28; P = 0.258). For all adverse pregnancy outcomes, point estimates uniformly favored exposure to Moms2B.

“These enhancements to traditional prenatal care offered by the Moms2B program hold promise for improving pregnancy outcomes and reducing infant mortality and its associated racial disparities,” the authors write.

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