The March of Dimes and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated have a cooperative program called Stork's Nest®. The Stork's Nest program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during pregnancy through two components: incentives and education.
Stork's Nest® was launched nationally in 1972. This program has both service and educational components. The service is the establishment of a distribution site, the "Nest," where expectant mothers can get necessary items such as maternity clothes, layettes, and furniture at minimal or no cost. The educational component consists of seven sessions covering prenatal care, nutrition, drugs, alcohol and smoking, genetics, infant care, and parenting.
Stork's Nest® objectives are to:
- provide incentives for expectant mothers to obtain early and regular prenatal care,
- provide clothing and nursery items for pregnant women who use community health services,
- provide education opportunities for pregnant women to help them make informed choices and decisions relating to parenting, nutrition, and health, and to
- provide information and referrals to community resources to enhance the physical and emotional well-being of mothers and their families.