2023 Letter from Marianne Fray, President and CEO
To the MCC community,
Reflecting on the past year, I am proud of Maternity Care Coalition’s leadership and advocacy on maternal health coalitions, our continued direct service expansion, and the advancement of our commitment to pay equity for our staff.
This past year was transformative for MCC.
- MCC is now in the State of Delaware! Our newest MOMobile® program provides doula and parenting support and education to pregnant and parenting people within the Delaware Department of Corrections. We also support their children ages 0 – 3, and continue services in the community after a parent returns home.
- MCC added economic security to our policy agenda for prenatal to age three. Our focus is to establish a universal paid family and medical leave program in Pennsylvania.
- MCC’s revenues grew from $14.5MM to $18.6MM.
Our investments in people and infrastructure are paying off. This past year, we attracted more new funders and strengthened existing relationships. Our work is uniquely community-centered and community-driven. Since 1980, we have supported over 150,000 families through programs and services rooted in the expressed needs of people with lived experience.
Throughout our 2023 annual report, we shine a light on one of our key impact areas—'birthing with dignity.' We explore what it means and what it will take to become a reality for every birthing person.
Giving birth can be both challenging and beautiful for those who choose it. When a baby is born, a parent experiences their own growth and change. When parents birth with dignity, they are given the choice to actively participate in defining their own birth experience. When moms and parents are healthy, the positive impact reverberates to improve the overall health of a community.
Our impact illustrated in this year’s report highlights a bright future for the organization and the myriad opportunities to partner with stakeholders, like you, to ensure families can birth with dignity, parent with autonomy, and raise babies who are healthy, growing, and thriving.
Looking ahead and building on our momentum, we are kicking off a comprehensive strategic planning process with the goal of exploring avenues for sustainable growth and greater impact. We embark on this process with eyes open to the intersecting challenges facing our communities in areas related to economic security, housing, community violence, and more.
Each day as a leader in this work, and as a mother, I learn and see how what we do at MCC is personal, inspiring,
and transformational. I am honored to share our successes, I thank you for your partnership, and I look ahead to how we will grow into our future, with your support.
Marianne A. Fray
President & Chief Executive Officer, Maternity Care Coalition