AABC Strong Start is a FREE program to help pregnant women who qualify. It is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It is set up to learn more about preventing preterm births. Preterm birth means that a baby is born too early, or more than 3 weeks before the due date.

The Strong Start program:

  • gives extra care and support to pregnant women who qualify
  • provides services and information to help cut down on the number of preterm births
  • collects information from enrolled women, to help future mothers avoid premature deliveries


Strong Start provides:

  • Individual Support
  • Ways to Manage Stress
  • Help with Eating Right
  • Having a Healthier Baby
  • Helpful Resources


If you become part of the Strong Start program, we will help you to have the healthiest baby you can, while you are learning how to prevent preterm birth. Preterm birth is a big problem in the U.S. More than 11 out of every 100 babies are born too early. Preterm birth can lead to breathing trouble and other problems that can affect a baby for its entire life. Your Strong Start birth center will help you to learn how to prevent preterm birth.

By taking part in Strong Start, you will also be part of an important study. Birth Centers are studying how their care helps to lower the risk of preterm birth. Your progress during your pregnancy will be tracked and recorded. This information, along with the same data from other pregnant women around the country, can better help us understand how to prevent preterm birth. With that information, we can work toward lowering the number of preterm births throughout the U.S.