Lamaze Grants Support
Underserved Childbearing Families
17, 2007)—Four community outreach programs were awarded grants from Lamaze International, three for $500 and
one for $1,000. Recipients were chosen from North Carolina, Kentucky, Wisconsin
and New York out of eight applicants.
The Community-Based Outreach Grants Initiative,
formed in 2004 by Lamaze International, is designed to support organizations or individuals who have developed programs that
ensure childbearing families in underserved populations have access to information and education about the health and safety
benefits of normal birth. The initiative supports Lamaze International’s priority to make childbirth education available
to all women, regardless of income, location or ethnicity.
This year’s chosen recipients will use the
money in various ways:
Reaching Out Door
County Teen Parent Mentor Program of Sturgeon Bay,
Wis., will use its $500 grant to fund a mentor program that
links experienced mothers to new teen moms to assist with parenting skills, breastfeeding help and emotional support. The
mentor helps the teenage mom seek early and regular prenatal care and establish a birth plan to assure a positive personal
experience, along with providing continuous support during labor and birth.
The Duke AHEC Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program
was awarded $1,000 to train Latino and/or bilingual women as childbirth educators to cater to the growing population of Spanish-speaking
expectant mothers in North Carolina. Having an instructor
who can understand their cultural birth traditions and communicate to them in their native tongue will better prepare Latino
women for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and infant care.
Expectant parents of multiples in Louisville, Ky., will benefit from the
$500 grant to the Louisville Mothers of Twins Club. More money means more outreach of the organization’s birth and labor
classes, which educate women in the earlier part of their pregnancies on preterm labor signs and action steps.
A recipient of a Community-Based Outreach Grant
the past two years, Jacqueline Levine of East Rockaway, NY, was chosen again. She will spend her $500 grant providing one-on-one
breastfeeding support to women in her Lamaze childbirth education classes. Levine would also like to work at introducing Lamaze
into local high school curriculum.
Since its founding in 1960, Lamaze International has worked to promote, support and protect normal birth through education
and advocacy through the dedicated efforts of professional childbirth educators, providers and parents. An international organization
with regional, state and area affiliates, its members and volunteer leaders include childbirth educators, nurses, nurse midwives,
physicians, students and consumers.
For more information about Lamaze International and the Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth, visit www.lamaze.org.