The March of Dimes North Carolina Chapter has announced grant funding for programs focused on prenatal and newborn care for at-risk North Carolina women. The deadline to apply for grants is July 23, 2012.
According to a new report from the NC Pregnancy Risk Monitoring Assessment System (NC PRAMS), teen mothers face additional barriers to accessing prenatal care. Those barriers can impact both maternal and child health. According to the report, between 2005 and 2009:
- 15.3% of teen births were premature compared with 13.1% of births to women over the age of 20
- 11.1% of teen births were low birth weight compared with 8.9% of births to women over the age of 20
- 35.1% of teen mothers reported that they could not access prenatal care as early as they wanted
Visit the March of Dimes Grants Page for more information on how to apply.