Prenatal Care Helps At-Risk Pregnant Adolescents Deliver Healthy Babies

AD House addressed the special barriers to access to health and social services faced by inner-city pregnant teens.

Through a partnership with St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark, project staff at the AD House developed a comprehensive prenatal care clinic and social services program called AD MOMS for at-risk pregnant adolescent girls in Newark, East Orange, Orange, and Irvington.

The clinic, which opened in January 1993, was incorporated into AD House's existing pregnant teens and teen mothers program. AD House used peer outreach workers—at-risk mothers themselves—to identify pregnant teens and recruit them into the program.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Jersey Health Initiatives national program.

Key Results

  • With the help of 16 outreach workers, staff recruited 315 pregnant teens.
  • Of these 315 recruits, 262 enrolled in the program, exceeding original targets for three-year enrollment of 112 teens.
  • 95 percent of the babies delivered by mothers in the program were of normal birthweight.
  • More than two-thirds of the AD MOMS who delivered babies decided to return to school.