March of Dimes Grant to Help Fund Prenatal Classes for Pregnant Women

St. Anthony PhotoCHICAGO, November 4, 2013 – Saint Anthony Hospital received a grant from the March of Dimes Illinois Chapter that will allow the hospital to offer a 12-hour series of free prenatal classes in both English and Spanish for pregnant women. The classes are based on the March of Dimes’ Becoming a Mom/Comenzando Bien prenatal education curriculum.

In response to increasing demand for services that promote health and provide support during pregnancy and early childhood development, Saint Anthony Hospital Community Wellness outreach program launched CIELO in 1993. CIELO offered free pregnancy tests, referrals for prenatal care, prenatal educational classes and assisted with completing applications for state and federal benefits for pregnant women. In 2001, our prenatal classes adopted the March of Dimes’ Becoming a Mom/Comenzando Bien curriculum to complement the medical care women received during pregnancy. In 2011, we aligned our hospital and community-based curricula, ensuring a consistent and unified approach to prenatal education using the March of Dimes curriculum and increasing the availability of parental classes in the community.

“We know that the communities that we serve are below average for the percentages of births with adequate prenatal care”, stated Guy A. Medaglia, President & Chief Executive Officer. “With these additional funds, we will be able to ensure that more mothers will receive quality prenatal care. We are grateful to the March of Dimes for providing us with this grant to make that happen.”

On November 2, 2013, Saint Anthony Hospital began a 12-hour series of five prenatal classes. After attending the classes, expectant mothers will be able to make more informed decisions about caring for themselves and their children; they will also be able to develop a support group with other mothers


About Saint Anthony Hospital

For more than century, Saint Anthony Hospital has served more than 410,000 residents of the primarily Latino and African-American communities in the Southwest and West side areas of Chicago. Saint Anthony Hospital is a “hospital without walls,” providing quality health and wellness services, and a wide variety of free bilingual community health education/outreach programs. Saint Anthony Hospital staff work with community-based organizations, schools, parishes and other agencies to offer health education, early childhood and mental health services. More information is available at Find us on Twitter @SaintAnthonyHos and on Facebook at Saint Anthony Hospital Chicago.


About March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and babyhealth. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or

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