Three women walking together 1980s

Our Beginnings

Why Does MCC Exist? 

In 1980 a group of Philadelphia health and social justice activists came together over concerns about the well-being of the most vulnerable members of the community - pregnant people and infants. They created Maternity Care Coalition (MCC) and advocated for change with policymakers and decision makers asking, "What about the babies?" Today, MCC’s work continues to center babies and their families by supporting, referring, educating, researching, and advocating. 

Our mission to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women and parenting families and enhance school readiness is achieved through strong relationships with our communities and a work culture promoting equity. We recognize that a new baby is a transformative experience for a family and that parenting is an opportunity for growth. Parents are their children’s first and primary advocates and yet our systems are often inequitable. 

There is still much work to be done. 

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