More than one-third of births in Washington, DC, receive no prenatal care in the first trimester, according to the city’s Department of Health. That number is not much better in neighboring Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland, where 29-30% of women didn’t receive prenatal care during their first trimesters. In Arlington County, VA, 1 in 5 births in the county lacked care in the first trimester — a number that is worse than the state average.

The first trimester can be a critical time for doctors to catch chronic health conditions of the mother that could affect the health of both mom and baby. Too many economically vulnerable moms also miss prenatal appointments in the second and third trimesters because of lack of flexibility with work, childcare concerns or problems with transportation. We want to change that.

By launching this inaugural $25,000 Prize for Prenatal Innovation, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation seeks to uncover and support forward-thinking solutions that have the potential to improve access to prenatal care for low-income women in the greater Washington, DC area.

The Prize will open for applications in late 2018, with finalists and a winner named in 2019.


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