AAHP’s S.M.I.L.E. (Start More Infants Living Equally healthy) Program serves as AAHP’s major initiative surrounding women’s health. With the aim of reducing infant mortality among Black women in Montgomery County, the S.M.I.L.E. program provides free, high-quality care to expecting mothers and mothers of newborns.
Taught by nurse case managers who are experts in childbirth, breastfeeding, and all matters related to caring for a newborn, S.M.I.L.E.’s Childbirth and Breastfeeding Education classes educate pregnant women on the methods of childbirth and breastfeeding, help them develop their birth plans, and provide information that empowers them to become better advocates for their health.
S.M.I.L.E.’s Childbirth and Breastfeeding Education classes are the only such classes in the County that is free for residents. Fathers and labor coaches are encouraged to attend. Residents can attend at any month of their pregnancy.