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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.


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 aferrandino@maternitycarecoalition.org.  

MCC Celebrates World Doula Week

The word doula comes from the Greek word meaning “a woman who serves.”   It has grown to include a person who provides continuous emotional and physical support during labor and the immediate postpartum period. Started in 2010, World Doula Week recognizes doulas and the role they play during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period and acknowledges their contribution to improving birth outcomes, including breastfeeding success, bonding and women’s perception of their own birth experience At MCC, doula support is just one of  the many ways Read More…

We’re Published in Zero to Three

We tested it. Industry leaders confirmed it. Our MOMobile program is effective, efficient and has lasting impact. An analysis of the MOMobile program was published in the  journal, Zero to Three. This journal is the premier publication on maternal and child health.  You can read the full article with pictures here or by clicking the image below.  For more information about our MOMobile program, please visit our services to families page.  

Truth About Daycare Syndrome

Every year during cold and flu season, parents head to the pediatrician’s office worried their child might have “daycare syndrome,”  a nickname given to the series of daycare-related illnesses.   Often it means kids are kept at  home and forces lots of parents to call in sick to work. The colds and stomach viruses are real, but retired pediatrician Susan Aronson said “daycare syndrome” isn’t really a thing. Recently, our South Philadelphia Early Head Start shared with WHYY some tips on how to keep your children and Read More…

Pregnancy and health disparities

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Recently our partner Merck for Mother’s Priya Agrawal and Linda Blount wrote an article for ThinkProgress examining maternal mortality in the US and the higher risks associated with pregnant women of color. At MCC, working to reduce maternal morbidity in Philadelphia. Below is a summary, but we recommend that you read the full article via ThinkProgress’ website:   The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination heard testimony this summer on severe inequities in maternal health outcomes. This is an important and longstanding conversation Read More…

Double Your Impact This Year

Beginning on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 2 through December 31  every donation received will be matched by the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation. Help spread the word by sharing our new video below featuring stories from two families who were helped while enrolled in our Early Head Start program. Not only are donations being matched until December 31, if you make a minimum donation of $50 you can be entered into a contest to attend a private event hosted by WILL SMITH!  So what are you waiting for? Like, Share AND GIVE! Read More…