Stork's Nest Program
The Stork’s Nest program’s prenatal classes have gone virtual!
The Stork's Nest is a perinatal education, point-based incentive program taught by registered nurses to promote healthy pregnancies. Established in 1971, the program has over 100 "nests" nationwide. It is a cooperative program between the March of Dimes and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
The UMMC Stork's Nest helps women have a healthy pregnancy and give their baby a healthy beginning.
- Empowering women to make smart healthcare choices
- Offering incentives for attending prenatal health care visits
- Offering free prenatal classes to educate women about having a healthy pregnancy and birth experience, along with teaching the basics of infant care and breastfeeding
- Providing access to experienced health educators and trained nurses for support while being pregnant
- Assisting in getting free baby items
- Providing information and referrals to community resources
The Stork's Nest program improves the statistics for premature babies by:
- Decreasing the number of babies born prematurely (less than 37 weeks)
- Decreasing the number of low birth weight babies born (less than 2500 gm or 5 lbs. 8 oz.)
- Decreasing infant deaths by promoting safe sleep practices and car seat safety
- Increasing breastfeeding rates
How to Participate
To join, you must receive prenatal care at one of the University of Maryland Medical Center's practices and plan to deliver at the University of Maryland Medical Center. You will earn points by attending Stork's Nest educational classes, going to your regular prenatal care appointments and adopting healthy behaviors.
After your baby is born you can continue to earn points by taking your baby to well-baby check-ups and making sure your child receives all of his/her immunizations on time. You will be able to earn points until your baby's first birthday.
When women make the commitment to their baby by joining Stork's Nest they are taking the first step in ensuring a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
At this time we are running virtual classes. We will announce on this page when we will reopen for in-person meetings. Please call us if you have any questions.
- The Nest
- Program Coordinator
Community Health Education Center (CHEC)
821 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD 21201
How Can I Help?
Stork's Nest relies on the generosity of community members to keep the Nest stocked with infant care items and breastfeeding supplies for participants.