Our goal is to have a positive impact on the quality of life for children who are born prematurely, or as a result of teen pregnancy.
- Financial contributions to help improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.
- Helps teen mothers prepare for life with a newborn.
- Supports teen mothers so they may continue their education and development.
A collaboration between Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and the March of Dimes, Project Cradle Care Prenatal Health Program seeks to improve pregnancy outcomes in high-risk communities by increasing the number of women of childbearing age who receive adequate prenatal education and care. The program also focuses on educating moms about proper infant care and child development.
Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributor to infant death in this country. Each year in the U.S. more than 22,000 babies die—that’s two babies every hour—and approximately 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely. The number of infants born too soon increased for the fourth year in a row, according to the National Center for Health Statistics based on 2018 data. Additionally, racial and ethnic disparities in preterm birth rates persist with the rate among Black women being 49% higher than the rate among all other women.
Sigma Gamma Rho is also concerned with teenage pregnancy and parenthood in the U.S. Approximately 13 percent of all birth defects affect babies born to teenage mothers. Adolescent childbearing presents health risks to both moms and their babies. These health risks have long-term consequences for teenagers, their babies and society.
Through Project Cradle Care Prenatal Health Program, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and the March of Dimes join forces with medical professionals and community-based organizations to educate and raise awareness in high-risk communities of prematurity prevention by hosting informational baby showers, health symposiums and health fairs. Participants receive information on prenatal and postnatal care, birth defects, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), newborn care and more. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. hosts the Project Cradle Care Prenatal Health Program annually on the third Saturday in January.