A Healthy Beginning for You and Your Baby
A healthy baby starts with a healthy pregnancy, which is why Baltimore Washington Medical Center has partnered with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, the March of Dimes, Maryland chapter and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Rho Eta Zeta chapter to offer Stork's Nest. The goal of the program is to prevent premature births, low birth weight babies and infant mortality.
Stork's Nest offers eight, hour-long education classes held at the Pascal Women's Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Class topics include the importance of prenatal care, what to expect during labor and delivery, breastfeeding, basic infant care and safe sleeping. The program uses a point-based incentive system. Participants can earn points by attending Stork's Nest educational classes, going to their prenatal care appointments, and adopting healthy behaviors. These points can then be used to shop at the Stork’s Nest store, where women can “purchase” a variety of infant care items including clothing, diapers and car seats.
Participants continue to earn points after their baby is born and until their baby turns 12 months old by attending well-baby checkups and making sure immunizations are received on time.
Any pregnant woman in Anne Arundel County is eligible to participate, but the program's emphasis is on engaging pregnant women who do not receive regular prenatal care and are at an elevated risk for having a low birth weight baby or premature birth - potential causes of infant mortality.
Classes are offered in both English and Spanish, and are also available for teenagers. To register, call the Stork's Nest program coordinator, Andrea Lynn, at 410-787-4366.