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Please take some time to read about MCC’s work as covered by the media, our events, and our important programs. We look forward to your comments on our important work.

MCC Supports Breastfeeding Moms

On Thursday, October 8, members of MCC’s staff, Women’s Law Project and Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Coalition testified before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Labor and Industry Committee in support of these bills. Let’s stop Pennsylvania’s discrimination of Pregnant Women and Working Breastfeeding Mothers!  Pennsylvania House Bill 1100, the Workplace Accommodations Act will require all Pennsylvania employers to provide a clean sanitary place, not a bathroom, and reasonable break time for a breastfeeding mom to express milk. This bill includes employees who are salaried and employers with fewer than Read More…

Breastfeeding and Work

Philadelphia has long been known as the city of brotherly love. Now, thanks to the collaborative efforts of hospitals, community organizations and lawmakers, it’s becoming the city of motherly love. And the rest of the state is catching on. In Philadelphia, working moms have the right to pump breastmilk in a private location (not a bathroom) while at work. Employers are not required to pay employees for time spent pumping, but they must provide unpaid break time or allow employees to use paid break time Read More…

Exceptionally Deadly

American women are now more than three times as likely to die from pregnancy-related complications as their counterparts in Britain, the Czech Republic, Germany or Japan. What’s happening? Part of the problem is women are arriving to pregnancy sicker and with more chronic health conditions.  To further complicate matters, women with conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity often do not get the proper care to manage their health.  Recently, The Economist wrote an article that examined the “unusually common” problem of maternal deaths in the Read More…

Welcome To Philadelphia NAACP

The Annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) convention will be held in Philadelphia beginning July 11. This year’s theme “Pursing Liberty in the Face of Injustice” aims to address dichotomy of the words and worlds where liberty is celebrated, but injustices in areas of economics, education and health still plague African-Americans across Philadelphia and the country. Nearly one-third of African-American families in Philadelphia live in poverty and African-American women are at an increased risk for maternal mortality and morbidity. In Philadelphia Read More…

Maternal Mortality in Philadelphia

Maternal mortality rates in Philadelphia are more than 50 percent above the national average, according to a report issued by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Poverty plays a role.  You can read more about the maternal mortality rate and how MCC is working to reduce the problem in this Philadelphia Business Journal article. You can also read more about maternal mortality from these articles from KYW and Newsworks.

Running Start Philadelphia

Everyone knows that if you get a running start, you jump much farther than if you start standing still. Babies will gain the biggest benefit if given an early start. Making sure kids are ready for school also benefits from a running start and the place to begin is at birth. It’s the earliest opportunity a child has to connect with mom and dad and begin developing the skills they will need throughout life. Research shows that providing guidance and resources to families from birth Read More…

May is Pre-eclampsia Awareness

During May, we want you to learn more about pre-eclampsia, the signs and how to manage the condition through the story of Sherry. When Sherry learned she was pregnant, she was excited about the upcoming birth of her new baby. In addition to making sure the baby would have everything it would need, Sherry also needed to focus on her health. Her blood pressure had always been a little high and she had a family history of hypertension. Her doctor told her she was at Read More…

Rep. Daley is Breastfeeding Friendly

With our help, many employers have created breastfeeding friendly work environments. We are pleased to announce that Rep Mary Jo Daley (148th District) is our newest certified Breastfeeding Friendly Employer. We recently interviewed State Rep. Daley about her decision to join this important initiative. How did you first become aware that you wanted to become a breastfeeding friendly employer? In 2013, I sponsored a bill that would provide sanitary workplace accommodations for nursing mothers, so the topic was on my mind.  Sometime after that, I Read More…

Board Search Underway

Are you or is your child a Head Start alum? We are currently searching for a current/former Head Start parent or participant to serve on our highly active Board of Directors. MCC is a nonprofit organization serving Greater Philadelphia region with the mission to improve maternal and child health and wellbeing through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers and communities. MCC is also the largest Early Head Start (0-3) provider in Pennsylvania.  To apply for this or another Board position, send resume to