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Happy Head Start Awareness Month

Yvette Fuller - Director of Early Head Start

It is with great excitement that I  pen my first blog post as MCC’s newly appointed Director of EHS. And what a time to take up this honor – during Head Start Awareness Month, a time set aside to recognize the strides that Head Start and EHS programs across the country have taken in educating, shaping communities, and preparing children from low income families for school. Our celebration of Head Start Awareness Month culminated in a Family Appreciation Day – where families from our sites Read More…

More Than A Crib

October is SIDS Awareness Month. Each year, about 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly in the U.S. Half of these tragic deaths are due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Although no one has determined the exact cause of SIDS, it is known that unsafe sleep environments are a contributing factor. MCC began the Cribs for Kids program in 2004 to reduce the number of babies dying in unsafe sleep environments. In Philadelphia between April 2003 and October 2004, 48 babies died in co-sleeping environments. Read More…

Breastfeeding Friendly Philly

In September, Mayor Nutter signed City Council Bill 130922 into law extending the rights of breastfeeding employees in Philadelphia. Employers must provide nursing mothers with reasonable accommodations to express milk at work. These reasonable accommodations are for ALL nursing employees and must include a private, clean space, not a bathroom and provide appropriate break time to pump. Failure to comply with this new ordinance can result in fines. Because of our work supporting workplace breastfeeding efforts, Our Executive Director, JoAnne Fischer and Katja Pigur, Director Read More…

Philly Goes Bag Free!

By Katja Pigur - Director of Clinical Services and Breastfeeding, MCC Mother’s milk is the best nature has to offer and the healthiest first food for babies, critical for the development of healthy individuals and communities. The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics have identified breastfeeding as the optimal method of infant feeding, ideal for fostering nutritional, immunological and emotional health. The short and long-term health advantages for babies include protection against illnesses and diseases, such as ear infections, Bacterial Meningitis, gastrointestinal infections, Read More…

Reality of Orange is the New Black

In June, the popular Netflix series, Orange is the New Black returned for its second season. The show follows Piper, who was sentenced to 15 months in a federal penitentiary for drug trafficking.  Her time in the all-female correctional facility is spent with other women who are there for a variety of crimes.  Included in the cast of recurring characters is a pregnant inmate.  For us, we face the reality of Orange is the New Black everyday through the women and families we serve through Read More…

C-Sections & Baseball

Earlier in April, the blogosphere was set on fire when former NFL quarterback and  current WFAN commentator Boomer Esiason commented on the paternity leave of New  York Mets’ player Daniel Murphy.     Esiason said “Quite frankly, I would’ve said, ‘C-section before  the season starts. I need to be at opening day,” in response to Murphy’s decision to take time off, including opening day to be with his wife during the birth of their child.  Much of the criticism Esiason received was around the rights of any father to take Read More…

Women in the World

The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is not getting any better. In fact, over the last two decades, the number of women dying from childbirth related complications has doubled.   Recently our Executive Director, JoAnne Fischer, participated in a panel discussion around maternal mortality at the 2014 Women in the World Summit. Moderated by Soledad O’Brien, this open discussion looked at the causes and possible solutions that could be implemented in the U.S. to help reduce this problem.  You can see JoAnne’s interview with Soledad O’Brien Read More…

Breastfeeding Benefits

Breastfeeding has many benefits for both mother and baby. From the first feeding, babies are bathed in “liquid gold” which is full of specialized cells and proteins to boost newborns immune system.   Breastfed babies develop fewer ear infections, have lower risks of asthma, allergies and eczema which means parents miss fewer days of work. There are plenty of benefits for moms too. Nursing helps women lose weight, reduce their risk of postpartum depression, and mothers who have breastfed have 10% lower risk of developing heart disease. You Read More…

Pregnancy and the Flu Shot

Many of us have suffered through the flu without tragic consequences. But it is important to remember that the virus can have catastrophic complications that can result in death.   This especially happens  among vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, babies and young children. For example, immune-suppression leaves women vulnerable to the flu and its complications. Cardiovascular and respiratory changes may also increase a pregnant woman’s susceptibility to flu. You can read more about the importance of the Flu vaccine for pregnant women on Healthy Read More…

Online Auction is Open!

Good news! Our online auction is now open. Bid now for your chance to win some amazing items including  freshwater pearls, African Safari and tickets to an upcoming 2014 Phillies game. Visit our online auction on Bidding for Good. Help us honor JoAnne too! For 25 years,  JoAnne has led MCC as Executive Director and in strengthening families and inspiring change. We will honor her with our Spirit of Motherhood Award on  March 1 2014. JoAnne has also been nominated as a Community Leader by the Philly DoGooder Read More…