RESPONSE TO COVID-19 in NYC
Due to the current climate surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have shifted our efforts to support the communities that we serve. Specifically, we are mobilizing our efforts to support the women through our mPOWHER program in NYC and partnership with Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership (NMPP). To continue to support the women during these dire times, we are working closely with the community health workers to provide essential items that are in need. We have identified four critical items needed from all families and will be working tirelessly to deliver them. These include formula, baby wipes, diapers, and food.
We are very excited to announce the anonymous donor will match every dollar you donate up to $10,000 through the end of May!
Mommy Matters will be donating 100% of its proceeds to the mPowher program for the month of April.
If you would like to make a donation for the women who are unable to access these essential items, please do so below.
Maternal Mortality in New York
New York State (NYS) has one of the highest maternal death rates in the nation and the racial disparities are stark. NYS ranks 30th (lower-ranking indicates higher mortality) in the nation, with a rate of 20.6 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2018.
Racial disparities are heightened in New York City (NYC) where black women are 12 times more likely than white women to suffer a pregnancy-related death
Following recent reports documenting the shockingly high levels of maternal mortality right here in our backyard, Saving Mothers' team embarked upon an extensive review of the current interventions in place to address this issue in New York State and assessed their effectiveness. We are pleased to announce that the resulting paper has just been published in the prestigious Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine.
Key Findings: Hospital-based programs have not sufficiently decreased maternal deaths and while community programs show promise, comprehensive data is lacking.
Conclusion: Thoughtfully constructed community-based interventions combined with longer-term hospital-based interventions could effect real change in this area.
mPOWHER Kit Program
Saving Mothers has partnered with Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership (NMPP) to launch the first New York City-based pregnancy health literacy program. With a unique model of training community health workers and empowering the women they serve, called mPOWHER kit program, to help reduce maternal deaths and birth-related complications.
Our program will promote comprehensive health literacy education for pregnant women through maternal health kits, which will provide information about healthy pregnancy, complications, labor, and post-partum. The kit will also discuss risk factors – including obesity, hypertension, and diabetes – that contribute to deadly complications seen in the United States, such as pulmonary embolism and preeclampsia. As well as, train community health workers with using the same toolkit to emphasizes building trust with and identifying high-risk complications and comorbidities for pregnant women.
We hope to understand if these mPOWHER toolkits centered around maternal health is a feasible intervention for the women in New York City, as well as acceptable and culturally appropriate.