Coming of the Blessing

Addresses the high rate of infant deaths and premature births among American Indians and Alaska Native babies. A group of women representing 10 different tribes developed health education resources that embrace the cultural and spiritual beliefs related to pregnancy and childbirth shared by many native people. 88 percent of the moms who received prenatal education through this program attended all their prenatal appointments. The preterm birth rate of more than 14 percent dropped to 7 percent among women who participated in the “The Coming of the Blessing” and gained a “promising practice” seal from the Indian Health Services.

March of Dimes, AMCHP (Association of Maternal & Child Health Providers) 2012 Birth Outcomes Compendium, 2007

Evidence Rating: II

Cost: N/A

Additional Info:


Prenatal Care and Education Risk Assessment

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Resource types:

Demonstration project

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