The National Institute of Mental Health, found that mothers’ gray matter volume increased by a small but significant amount in various parts of the brain within months of giving birth. The areas of the brain that grew are related to motivation and behavior. This is an extraordinary demonstration of how one prepares for the enormous task of caring for a very fragile newborn.
Studies have shown that the breast milk mamas produce varies in significant ways based on whether they are feeding a boy or girl. Specifically, the milk produced for female offspring (across a number of different mammal groups, including humans) tends to be lower in fat and protein than that created for males.
We know that in Rochester, families are living with trauma. That we are first in child poverty. That our infant mortality rates are double the national average. What we don’t hear as often are the stories of strength. Every day our mothers and families are achieving extraordinary victories. Parenting in the face of adversity. Creating positive change despite systemic barriers. Raising thriving children in loving homes. At Healthy Baby Network, we are shining light on the profound resilience of the mothers and families who inspire our work. Come celebrate with us!
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Learning from the strength of resilient women, and from current research about what factors enable healing, Healthy Baby Network will be working to interrupt the cycle of trauma to help women build resilience in our community.
“I think it all started with the Community Action Network. When I first started going to the Community Action Network, it was very informative. I learned a lot about stuff I didn’t know, and it made me want to seek out more to help other moms.
My children [inspire me to remain resilient]; their wellbeing, making sure they have everything they need. And my sanity! But it’s just the way I am – my kids come first. If there’s something I need, I don’t get it unless they have everything they need first.”
We bring care connection to our mothers and families by going to laundromats, hair salons, and other community locations. This year we connected 2093 women with care and resources, including 228 pregnant women.
Women connected with care and resources
Getting to ZERO. In Healthy Start we are eradicating infant mortality. This year we served 604 participants from Rochester’s most at-risk zip codes and had ZERO infant deaths.
Infant mortality in Rochester is 2x the national average, but not in our Healthy Start program! All of our work is for that zero – Healthy Start saves lives.
Education is powerful. This year our Health Education program empowered 519 women, girls, and community members to take control of their sexual and reproductive health through knowledge.
Women and girls educated
women served through our home visitation program
We make house calls! High risk pregnancies need extra care and support. This year we served 295 pregnant & parenting women in our home visitation program; bringing care and resources to where our moms need it most.
Mothers sometimes put their own care last. That’s why our Interconception Care program screened 627 moms for health issues at their children’s for well child visits. Mothers are connected with care, and children benefit from healthier Moms!
Fathers matter. We engaged 242 fathers this year to support the profound role of fatherhood in their children’s lives.
|Total Support and Revenue||$1,550,920|
|Management and General||$178,777|
|Total Program Services||$1,550,370|
|Change in Net Assets||$9,550|
|Beginning of Year||$67,271|
|End of Year||$76,821|
Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative Program Director
Healthy Start Project Director
Bilingual Outreach Worker
Information Technology Associate
Monroe Plan for Medical Care, YourCare Health Plan
Rochester Regional Health System
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
Master Jeon’s World Taekwondo
Jewish Federation of Greater
Rochester Institute of Technology
Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow
YourCare Health Plan
Rochester City School District
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities
Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York
Finger Lakes Performing Provider System