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MotherWoman receives award for maternal, child health care

Date: 5/22/2014

HADLEY – MotherWoman was recently selected for the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Partner Award for their contributions in the area of maternal and child health in the state of Massachusetts.

The Mission of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies is to improve the health and safety of mothers, babies, and families through educational materials and collaborative partnerships.

“This award is given to an individual or organization embodying the spirit of our coalition’s mission and vision; improving the quality of care for mothers, babies, and families. MotherWoman is an exceptional organization that provides communities with the tools to change outcomes for mothers. We are thrilled to acknowledge the work MotherWoman has been committed to in improving outcomes for mothers and families,” Mara Acel-Green, president, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Massachusetts, said.

MotherWoman is honored to be selected for this award and to be recognized for their dedication to support and empower mothers and families. MotherWoman received this award based on their excellent progress in Massachusetts.

The mission of MotherWoman is to empower mothers to make positive personal and social change by building community safety nets, impacting family policy and promoting the leadership and resilience of mothers.

This is accomplished by supporting and empowering mothers and by training community leaders and professionals to lead MotherWoman Support Groups across the region.

MotherWoman partners with communities in building community safety nets for women and families during the perinatal period though implementation of their Community-based Perinatal Support Model.

Also, MotherWoman impacts family policy by engaging mothers, partners, caregivers, and communities to take action on policies that affect families like Earned Paid Sick Time, Living Wage issues, family leave and paycheck fairness.

“Congratulations to MotherWoman for receiving this well-deserved award. They have made a tremendous difference for moms in Western Mass. and across the state. I am proud to be working with them on the PPD Commission, MCPAP for Moms, and other excellent projects,” said state Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, chairwoman of the Special Legislative Commission on Postpartum Depression.

“It is an honor to receive this award and be acknowledged for our accomplishments in improving outcomes for mothers and families. We are so grateful to everyone who supports our mission and makes it possible to grow and expand our knowledge and resources across the state,” Shannon Koehn, executive director of MotherWoman, said.

“We know how critical it is for all women to know that there is hope and to have the help that they need when they need it,” Liz Friedman, program director, MotherWoman, said. “We know how important it is that there are professionals who don’t think that mothers are crazy and know how to provide resources and care. We know how essential it is for providers to have the right knowledge, tools and structural supports to help mothers during the hardest moments. The Community-based Perinatal Support Model partners with communities to reach these goals.

“To be acknowledged for the hard work that we’ve done to support communities to make these changes in communities in Western Massachusetts is an incredible honor. This is why we are so proud to receive this award,” she continued.

Based on their outstanding progress, MotherWoman has received support to expand their programs across the state.

With the financial support of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project MotherWoman will be expanding their Community-based Perinatal Support Model, to communities across Massachusetts and will develop community-tailored roadmaps so that newly established coalitions of community leaders and providers can build a solid foundation for mothers to stand on.

MotherWoman has developed the Community-based Perinatal Support Model to ensure that mothers experiencing perinatal depression receive the necessary care and treatment by developing and enhancing resources available within the community.