Maternity Care Coalition

Maternity Care Coalition

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"After release, they continue to work with mothers and children, including Robinson. “I wish a lot of places could have this MOMobile program. I knew nothing before this,” Robinson said at the Eastern State event. “[Jail] was one of the worst experiences of my life … There were times when I didn’t want to have a baby in jail. My goal for now is to make a career, have a career for me and my baby.”
IF YOU KNOW SOMEBODY🌻 SHE CAN CONNECT WITH ANOTHER MOTHER WHO UNDERSTANDS HER STRUGGLE ♥️Healing...
Supporting the Community Baby Shower with Melissa Jones

Strengthening families, inspiring change.

Founded in 1980, we are a regional nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, young children, and their families. Using a comprehensive approach that combines services to families, public policy, and research we have touched more than 100,000 families across Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Since 1980, Maternity Care Coalition has assisted more than 100,000 families throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, focusing particularly on neighborhoods with high rates of poverty, infant mortality, health disparities, and changing immigration patterns. We know a family’s needs change as they go through the pregnancy and their child’s first years and we offer a range of services and programs for every step along the way.

Mission: The mission of Maternity Care Coalition is to improve maternal and child health and wellbeing through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers and communities. Supporting MCC: To learn more about how to get involved with us, visit www.maternitycarecoalition.org

Labor and delivery don’t stop because of the Coronavirus and neither does your pregnancy. We’ve found some helpful information about being pregnant and giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/everything-you-need-to-know-about-pregnancy-and-birth-in-the-age-of-covid-19/

Reading to your children every day is not only an amazing way to bond, but it’s also important in helping young children learn vocabulary words and develop their imagination among many other things. Here are 16 benefits of reading aloud to children.
https://www.raisesmartkid.com/all-ages/1-articles/14-the-benefits-of-reading-to-your-child

Some sunshine and rainbows to brighten your day! There’s still time to get your Little Artist involved in our A Little Piece of my Art Campaign. For more info on how to participate, visit https://maternitycarecoalition.org/events/pieceofmyart/.

Being a Front Line Worker during the pandemic is a stressful job, but add breastfeeding and caring for a baby into the mix and it's even more difficult. Dr. Michelle Wan is an ER doctor in Atlanta who gives us a glimpse into her life of caring for patients during the day and for her little one at night. To learn more about Dr. Michelle Wan's experience, visit https://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/2229412/er-doctor-breastfeeding-photo/

Learning safe sleep practices is important for all caregivers including parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, babysitters, and childcare providers. Remember, the safest way for your baby to sleep is on their back and in a crib that is free from toys, blankets, and bumpers. ABC - Alone. Back. Crib.

Looking for a laid back activity to do with your children? Try yoga! It’s a great way to calm kids and get in some exercise. Cosmic Kids Yoga has several videos perfect for Yogis of all levels.
https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga/featured

Philadelphia’s Stay at Home order might have you cooking at home more often than usual. Why not try involving the kids! Here are a few recipes from Food Network that are perfect for cooking with children.
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/packages/recipes-for-kids/cooking-with-kids

Happy Mother's Day, from our family to yours. May you be safe, healthy, and well, now and always.

Love,
Maternity Care Coalition

There are many locations across Philadelphia that are providing FREE groceries during the COVID 19 pandemic. Make sure to check the hours of the location you are going to before starting your trip and to wear a mask to protect yourself and others from the spread of the virus. For more info, visit https://www.phila.gov/food/#/.

She’s safe and sound in her crib dreaming away. The safest way for babies to sleep is alone, on their back, in a crib just like this. Safe sleep is as easy as ABC - Alone. Back. Crib.

Parenting is hard. Parenting during a pandemic is really hard and there is added stress and anxiety. This article by @romper dives into a few ways to manage that stress and anxiety. Now, and always don't be afraid to ask for help and express how you are feeling.
#NationalMaternalMentalHealthDay
https://www.romper.com/p/coping-as-a-mom-through-coronavirus-related-stress-anxiety-22633346

We’re hosting a virtual parenting group! Parents can learn tips and tricks for managing their stress, meeting their child’s emotional needs and helping them to feel safe, supporting their child’s developmental needs, and helping their children handle their feelings and positive discipline approaches. Classes take place every Monday and Thursday through June 18th and gift cards and certificates will be awarded to those who participate regularly and complete the series. Contact Marci at 267-773-5119 or [email protected] to sign up.

He's sleeping safe and sound. Did you know the safest way for babies to sleep is on their back and in a crib or bassinet that is free from toys or a bumper? Safe sleep is as easy as ABC - Alone. Back. Crib.

Looking for a fun indoor arts and crafts time activity to do with your little one? Have them create a drawing for our A Little Piece of My Art Gallery! Your child's artwork will be on display on our website and may even be chosen to send as a virtual e-card to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. For more info and to see what our little artists have been up to, visit https://maternitycarecoalition.org/news/mcclittleartists/.

Parenting, especially learning to breastfeed, with a newborn is a tough job, and now it's even more challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, Philadelphia parents now have free access to Pacify Health, a membership-based app that connects users with providers of maternal and pediatric care. New mothers in Philadelphia will have unlimited free access to expert help through at least July 1 on latching techniques, breast pain, maintaining adequate milk supply, pumping, and transitioning babies to solid foods.

To learn more visit https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus-philadelphia-mothers-breastfeeding-lactation-counseling-pacify-free-20200330.html.

Introducing our new campaign A Little Piece of My Art!

Our at-home Little Artists have been commissioned to help us create the art for our e-Cards. When you make a donation to this campaign we'll send e-cards to friends and family of your choosing to spread some joy and keep you feeling connected, and we'll send one to someone on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to say "thank you".

All proceeds from this project with help MCC continue to provide vital support services for our clients. https://bit.ly/MCCLittleArtists
#MCCLittleArtists

[03/24/20]   ACTION ALERT❗️: Currently, Congress is in the final stages of negotiating a $2 trillion emergency stimulus package. As the legislative text of this package is still be pulled together, now - right now - is the time to reach out to Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey to tell them to insist on a PEOPLE FIRST relief bill! Contact Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey to tell them to insist on a PEOPLE FIRST relief bill:

Senator Pat Toomey:
(202) 224-4254

Senator Bob Casey:
(202) 224-6324.

We need to look out for each other. “People who use WIC to feed their kids can’t switch to another brand or kind of food. If a store runs out of WIC-approved options, they will go home empty-handed.”

Media Source: https://billypenn.com/2020/03/23/when-you-shop-dont-leave-mothers-using-wic-empty-handed/?fbclid=IwAR1kkuYbN7oxcS2UWMPXp-3GNmR4jTUX93Oxm1UbyS7WgIxAVz24nmMh56A

Kids curious minds ask a lot of questions and if you’re not sure how to talk to them about COVID-19 read this article from The New York Times for some helpful guidance.

Media Source: https://parenting.nytimes.com/childrens-health/coronavirus-kids-talk

A Message From Our CEO

Thank you! Together we raised a record-breaking $160,000 at this year's Celebrating Mothers Brunch!

Thank You to everyone who helped make this event possible including all of our sponsors: Strengthening Families Sponsor, Penn Medicine Ballroom Sponsors; Comcast NBCUniversal, Einstein Healthcare Network, KPInterface, Liza & Jonathan Seltzer, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Stacey & Leo Helmers, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, WIRB-Copernicus Group, and our Cultivator Sponsors; Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Carolyn Smith, Health Partners Plans, Wells Fargo

This morning we hosted our Celebrating Mothers Brunch at The Bellevue Hotel! Thank you to everyone who showed support by bidding and donating. Our online auction will be open until 1pm on Sunday, check out all the items available at bit.ly/MCCBrunch2020

Placing your baby on their back to sleep is important, but while they’re awake and alert, you should give them some tummy time. Tummy time is important for developing strong neck muscles. Try placing a toy in front of your little one to make tummy time fun and interactive. Babies should always be supervised during tummy time and placed on a solid surface such as a blanket on the floor.

Only 5 days until our Celebrating Mothers Brunch! There’s still time to get your ticket to join us at the Bellevue Hotel on Saturday, February 29th at 9am. All proceeds from the event help continue to provide supportive services and education to over 5,000 pregnant women, caretakers and children a year!
Get your tickets here: bit.ly/MCC2020Brunch

Next Saturday is the big day - our Celebrating Mothers Brunch! Have you gotten your ticket to this fabulous event yet? We’ll be serving mimosas, delectable brunch dishes, and have an amazing silent auction. There are still a few spots left, reserve your seat now - bit.ly/MCC2020Brunch

There are so many myths flying around about breastfeeding, it can be hard to know what is true and what is false. Here are 7 myths debunked. If you ever have a question or would like more info on breastfeeding, you can call 215-725-8030.
https://www.ksl.com/article/46708044/7-breastfeeding-myths-you-shouldnt-believe

Car seat safety is extremely important for all children, not just babies. We urge parents to check your little one’s car seat frequently to make sure they’re still installed properly.
https://www.parents.com/baby/safety/car/car-seat-safety-check-8-common-mistakes-you-must-avoid/

Today, we will be recognizing Caroline Still Anderson, a pioneering physician in Philadelphia to the African-American community and one of the first Black women to become a physician in the United States. Caroline served as consultant and resident physician in many of Philadelphia's hospitals and established her own successful private practice. #CityofSisterlyLove #BlackHistoryMonth #WCW

Looking forward to the weekend but not sure what to do with your kiddos? Here are the 23 best things to do with kids in Philadelphia!
https://philly.curbed.com/maps/things-to-do-philadelphia-kids

Your support goes beyond the brunch. Every dollar raised at Celebrating Mothers Brunch helps MCC provide crucial support services and education to thousands of mothers, caretakers, and children each year! Will you join us on February 29? http://bit.ly/MCC2020Brunch

Playing games with your toddler is a great way to boost motor and listening skills while also having fun. Check out these 10 games perfect for children between the ages of 1 and 3 years old.
https://www.todaysparent.com/toddler/toddler-development/fun-games-to-play-with-toddlers/

Did you hear about the nurse-in at Chick-fil-A last week? A Georgia mom was asked to “cover-up” as she was nursing her baby at the restaurant. After sharing what happened with other moms on social media, they banned together and held a nurse-in attended by nearly 50 families!
https://www.today.com/food/georgia-moms-hold-nurse-chick-fil-t172584

Did you know MCC offers free decals you can display to let patrons know you are a breastfeeding-friendly business? You can fill out this form to request one - https://maternitycarecoalition.org/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-friendly-business-patron-form/

Our #WCW this week is Asasiya Muhammad. Asasiya was the first Black woman to become a certified professional midwife (CPM) in Philadelphia. Through her work as the founder of Inner Circle Midwifery, Asasiya’s goal is to make expectant mothers feel like family before, during, and after their birth. "It feels better being with someone who feels like a mom, an aunt, someone you can relate to." #CityofSisterlyLove #BlackHistoryMonth Check out the full article about Asasiya at The Philadelphia Tribune Photo Credit: WHYY

Are your little ones always getting sick, especially in the winter? Here are 35 tips to help keep your children illness-free.

#FlashbackFriday to our 2019 Celebrating Mothers Brunch! Have you purchased your ticket for this year’s event on Saturday, February 29th at The Bellevue Hotel? Reserve your spot today - bit.ly/MCC2020Brunch

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Patti Labelle - Celebrating Mothers Brunch
Senior Director of Policy, Rosemarie Halt, testifying before Philadelphia City Council in support of a fair work week for all.
Maternity Care Coalition’s 2018 Spring Policy Forum: “Shaping Policy for Working Mothers and their Families” #MCCPolicyForum
Happy Birthday CHIP from MCC

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