Baltimore Washington Hospital Center has honored Assistance League of the Chesapeake’s 10 years of support of their Stork’s Nest program by installing a plaque on the donor wall in their lobby! We are proud to support the Stork’s Nest with our annual baby shower.
Stork’s Nest offers eight, hour-long education classes held at the Pascal Women’s Center at UM 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. Learn more about Stork’s Nest.