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Strong Start for Mothers & Newborns

Strong Start Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (2013-2017)



About the Program 


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In 2012, AABC was selected by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to participate in a study of innovative prenatal care models that show promise of reducing preterm birth and improving outcomes and satisfaction among mothers while reducing costs. In addition to the birth center model, the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative set out to study two other models of enhanced prenatal care, CenteringPregnancy and the Maternity Care Home. AABC’s Strong Start program aimed to use birth center care to help prevent preterm birth, low birthweight, and costly interventions for those at the highest risk for complications. From the time that enrollment began in June of 2013, a diverse group of more than 8,800 women have participated in AABC’s Strong Start program at 46 birth center sites, with over 6,400 Strong Start births.


The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1D1-12-001 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.  The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.  This project does not limit a fee-for-service Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP patient’s freedom to choose a particular health care provider.

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