University of Maryland Medical Center Recognized for Giving More Babies a Healthy Start in Life

For immediate release: July 23, 2015

University of Maryland Medical Center was one of 30 hospitals in Maryland to be recognized by the March of Dimes for reducing the number of elective deliveries performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy. Babies born too early may have more health problems at birth and later in life, according to the March of Dimes.

The March of Dimes partnered with the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland Patient Safety Center to honor qualifying hospitals with a display banner depicting the hospital's commitment to quality of care for moms and babies.

Other honored hospitals within the University of Maryland Medical System include: University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center; University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center; University of Maryland Shore Medical Center; University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center; and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.

The banner program is a component of the March of Dimes “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” campaign, which urges women to wait for labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than scheduling delivery before 39 weeks of pregnancy.

Pictured from left, are: Jennifer Tarr (March of Dimes); Jennifer MacHamer, BSN, RNC-OB, CCE; Amy Brown, RN; Jennifer Mitchell, MPH, MS, RNC-MNN; Sara Bielecki (March of Dimes); Carin Fleshman, BSN; Tara Boland, BSN; Nicole Wyche, BS, PAS; Debbie Guzik, BSN RNC-OB; Hannah Tolley, MS, CNL, RNC-OB; Steven Czinn, MD; Caryn Zolotorow, MS, RNC-OB; Christopher Harman, MD; Kristin Atkins, MD; Jeffrey Rivest, FACHE; Anne Eder (March of Dimes); Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, FAAN; Allyson Yospe (March of Dimes)