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Give Your Baby a Strong Start



Strong Start is a program available at many AABC birth centers across the nation to help give newborns a strong start on life. The Strong Start program assists pregnant women who are receiving prenatal birth center care with learning how to lower their risk of having preterm birth. Strong Start's goal is to help a woman to have the healthiest baby possible by giving her the support, help, and knowledge to become and stay healthy during pregnancy. Participating birth centers are using the Strong Start program to track and record data about the prenatal condition of its participants to learn more about how to prevent preterm births.

The AABC Strong Start program is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A pregnant woman can qualify to receive Strong Start services FREE if she has Medicaid or CHIP insurance coverage for the pregnancy and is receiving prenatal care at an AABC Strong Start Birth Center.

Participants in Strong Start are provided individual support from midwives and peer counselors. Managing stress, eating right, and making lifestyle changes are some of the ways the Strong Start teams focus pregnant mothers on staying healthy for the wellbeing of their babies.

For additional information about AABC Strong Start, including the list of participating birth centers, visit

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