- Patricia Gabbe, MD, pediatrician, clinical researcher and professor
- Twinkle French Schottke, infant mental health specialist and program director
Moms2B is an innovative, community-based pregnancy program for low-income women established by The Ohio State University in 2010. Moms2B is designed to:
- Improve the health status of at-risk communities
- Empower pregnant women to deliver full-term healthy babies
- Reduce the number of low birthweight infants
- Reduce infant mortality
- Eliminate racial and economic disparities
Moms2B is a proven group model and has made significant positive impacts on infant mortality in Franklin County. Since the program began, the infant mortality rate in Franklin County has improved from 9.6 in 2011 to 6.9, based on data from Columbus Public Health. This most recent data is the first time the IMR has dropped below 7.0 annually in the past decade and suggests that programs that address infant deaths, including Moms2B, are making an impact. However, like the rest of Ohio, racial and ethnic disparities persist, represented by the infant mortality rates for blacks and whites disparity ratio of 2.6 for 2019.
Moms2B can reach more pregnant moms in high-risk areas through our virtual sessions. Because of COVID19, we have started weekly Zoom sessions with our moms. We are determined to continue our educational program and support during this trying time. We are always accepting new pregnant moms to the program.
The new Ohio State Community Care Coach launched in January 2020 will provide access to prenatal care and postpartum care visits at three Moms2B neighborhood sites. Healthy moms and healthy babies are our #1 priority. The Ohio State Community Care Coach helps to ensure access for our moms to receive that care.
For more information about the program, call 614-292-1605.
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