The Camellia Project was featured this month by Every Woman Southeast, highlighting the preliminary results of the pilot project for mothers who have had a baby in the NICU. The regional maternal and child health coalition included the project in their monthly newsletter and their blog.
The Camellia Project is an interconceptional program funded by the Florida March of Dimes and implemented by the Healthy Start Coalition. It provides education and support to high-risk postpartum mothers who have had a fetal or infant loss or a baby in the NICU, addressing risk factors to prevent subsequent poor outcomes.
The preliminary evaluation of the first two program years shows increased participant knowledge, intent to adhere to healthy behaviors and the impact of the social support the mothers receive from each other.
The Camellia Project feature was part of a larger focus on Florida for the month of April. There was also interviews with key MCH leaders in the state:
Every Woman Southeast focuses on improving the health of women and infants in an eight-state region with high rates of infant mortality, poor health behaviors, poverty and racial disparities.