Chesterfield Health District Receives $12,500 from March of Dimes to Improve Birth Outcomes

May 7, 2015

(Richmond, Va.) – The Chesterfield Health District received a check today from the March of Dimes in the amount of $12,500 to sponsor Baby Basics Moms Club, an educational and support program offered to pregnant women aimed at improving birth outcomes.

The program focuses on core topics vital to healthy pregnancies and healthy babies such as nutrition, breastfeeding, preterm labor, and newborn safety. Dads or support persons are also encouraged to attend with moms. Open communication is encouraged at all meetings, and the program has received positive feedback from participants. The club is open to all pregnant women in the community regardless of where they are receiving care.

“Healthy, successful birth outcomes for both mother and child often goes hand-in-hand with essential discussions between clients and health care providers on beneficial prenatal care. The generous sponsorship of this program by the March of Dimes can positively impact mothers-to-be and her children in Chesterfield County,” said Chesterfield Health District Director Dr. Parham Jaberi. “By improving pregnancies through personal interaction, education, and community support, Baby Basics Moms Club initiatives are in exceptional alignment with the day-to-day work and mission of the Chesterfield Health District.”

Club meetings are held Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield Health Department, located at 9501 Lucy Corr Circle, Chesterfield, Va. Club meetings are also supported by local community and business partners. Each session is facilitated by a licensed public health nurse. Meetings are offered in English and Spanish. There is no cost to joining the club. Advance registration is not required.

For more information, please contact Jessica Garayua-Johnson at 804-748-1639 or Karla Davila at 804-748-1063. A club calendar can be found at

About the March of Dimes:

The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.