March of Dimes Awards Major Grant to Atrium Medical Center’s Maternal Child Health Center
Goal: Improved Screening and Earlier Treatment for Gestational Diabetes
Middletown, OH, Sept. 27, 2013 - The March of Dimes Ohio Chapter has awarded Atrium Medical Center’s Maternal Child Health Center a grant of more than $21,000 to improve screening for diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and ensure women at risk for gestational diabetes receive treatment earlier in their pregnancies. Receiving one of only six grants awarded statewide by the March of Dimes Ohio Chapter for 2013, Atrium’s project has the potential to serve as a model for other prenatal care providers.
“We are very grateful to the March of Dimes for their confidence in Atrium and their support of mothers and babies in southwest Ohio,” says Michael D. Stautberg, president, Atrium Medical Center Foundation. “This grant is vital in our ongoing efforts to reduce preterm births and change the outcome for the low-income women and children served by the Maternal Child Health Center.”
Gestational diabetes can cause serious complications at birth. Mothers are more likely to have gestational diabetes in future pregnancies and to develop Type 2 diabetes (the most common form of adult diabetes) later in life. In addition, children whose mothers had diabetes during pregnancy are at increased risk of becoming obese and developing Type 2 diabetes themselves at young ages. Early identification of women at risk for gestational diabetes, along with early and appropriate treatment, can improve the health of mothers and their children for generations.
For more information about the gestational diabetes program, contact Atrium’s Maternal Child Health Center at (513) 420-5235 or 513-420-5755, ext. 6234.