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CUTIE Program

Healthy Baby | Holy Cross Health CUTIE Program
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C.U.T.I.E. - Community United for at Term Infants and Education

The CUTIE program is a support program for pregnant women in Montgomery County to help to reduce infant mortality (the death of a baby up to one year)  funded by the Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Did you know?

  • One of the  leading causes of infant mortality is preterm birth and low birth weight (births occurring before 37 weeks and babies weighing less than 5 pounds 5 ounces at birth)
  • African American/Black women are at higher risk for having a preterm birth or low birth wieght baby than other races and ethnicities
  • Pregnant teens of all races and ethnicities are also at high risk for having a preterm birth or low birth weight baby

The goal of the CUTIE program is to reduce infant mortality by:

  • Helping women to be and stay healthy before becoming pregnant
  • Supporting women during pregnancy to reduce the chance of premature birth or low birth weight babies
  • Supporting families for the first year of the baby’s life

What does the support program include?

  • Prenatal and postnatal classes: exercise, yoga, baby care, breastfeeding, and  birthing classes
  • Monthly contact from our CUTIE Coordinator by phone, e-mail, and/or in person
  • Referral to other support services in the community
  • Assistance with obtaining equipment and supplies for the baby
  • Teen friendly programs for pregnant and parenting teens
  • Special events at Holy Cross Hospital or in the Community

Eligibility
If you are a Montgomery County resident of any income level  AND one of the following, you are eligible to be in the CUTIE program!

  • African American and Black women
  • Pregnant and parenting teens of all ethnic/racial backgrounds
  • Women who have had a previous pregnancy loss or preterm birth
  • Women who are "high risk" due to medical complications of pregnancy (high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity)

Get Started

  1. Contact Us:  For more information about the CUTIE Program, call 301-754-7163, or contact Patricia Keating, Manager of Perinatal Education at keatip@holycrosshealth.org or Kendal Hubbs, Perinatal Education Coordinator at kendal.hubbs@holycrosshealth.org.  

  2. Check out our prenatal and postnatal classes: Fees are waived for prenatal and postnatal classes for CUTIE program participants. View classes here.  

  3. Sign Up for our  e-Newsletter: Our free weekly email newsletter, The Parent Review, provides information tailored to the week of your pregnancy or the age of your newborn. Sign up here.
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