Mobilizing Locally For Powerful Change
Our Local Collective Impact Initiatives mobilize cross-sector organizations and community members locally to address the underlying challenges impacting moms and babies and deploy strategies to improve rates of preterm birth and maternal mortality.
This is a multi-year effort that will require time to build shared agendas, infrastructure and community partnerships and then implement strategies to create real, measurable change in these 9 U.S. communities.
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When Tonjanic discovered she was expecting twins, she was excited yet anxious. Due to her previous trauma and pregnancy history of losing her first child at 19 weeks, she was told to eliminate all stressors from her life. She quit her job, obtained pregnancy Medicaid coverage, and spent four months on bedrest at home. She transferred into the antepartum unit at Children’s Memorial Hermann where she spent one month prior to delivery. Hear Her.
Erica, a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist in a Houston community clinic, delivered her son by emergency Cesarean birth at 31 weeks after experiencing weeks of high blood pressure. During the immediate postpartum period, she thought that her hospital stay should’ve gone differently: her blood pressure continued to be elevated and her requests for treatment were consistently ignored. Hear Her.
The Best Place for Working Parents promotes policies that benefit working parents and businesses’ bottom line, including company-paid health coverage, paid time off, parental leave, onsite child care, childcare assistance, backup child care, flexible hours, remote work, nursing benefits, and “Best Place” designation. The self-assessment, real-time dashboard results, and the Best Place for Working Parents® designation for qualifying businesses can be accessed at business.bestplace4workingparents.com.