What to Expect When You’re Expecting is the number one book that friends and family members give to their expectant wives, mothers, sisters, aunts, and parents to be, to help them prepare for their new baby. And now, this nation wide foundation has endorsed The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act.
Heidi Murkoff, author of the book and founder of The What to Expect Foundation says “Melanie’s tragic battle and Carol’s passionate crusade have inspired this vital legislation, that will, if it’s passed, educate health care providers, new moms and their family members about PPD, generating the awareness that can lead to better detection and treatment of this terrible disease in all its forms. So moms like Melanie can get the help they need, before it’s too late. Let’s make Melanie’s battle and Carol’s crusade our mission, too. As Mother’s Day approaches, let’s spread the word about the Melanie Stokes Mother’s Act — let’s speak up and break the silence about PPD”.
The What to Expect Foundation knew they were reaching the majority of book-buying moms, but what about the segment of pregnant women who couldn’t afford pregnancy books, who didn’t have the literacy skills necessary to read them. The women who need that essential information, and support, and empowerment the most, but who are least likely to receive it.
So they created Baby Basics, a beautiful, culturally appropriate, low-literacy pregnancy guide that’s given free to moms-to-be as part of a ground-breaking, comprehensive prenatal health literacy program. The book and program have already been provided, in English, Spanish, and Chinese (with support materials in 14 other languages) to nearly half a million expectant moms in need. I had the good fortune to consult on a part of this series and I can tell you….it’s truly fantastic and so well regarded and received by women and healthcare professionals alike. Lisa Bernstein, Executive Director and her crew of child care experts had produced such an amazingly creative and effective product, there was little for me to do!
The What to Expect Foundation’s mission? To help every mom know what to expect — so that every mom can expect a healthier pregnancy, a safer delivery, and a healthier, happier baby.
And now The What To Expect Foundation is lending their power and support to the emotional postpartum period of new mothers lives as well! You can read Heidi’s blog about Supporting The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act, by following this link