MOMentum Park "where moms come first and every moment matters"
Momentum Park "where moms come first and every moment matters" is committed to optimizing the health, lives and wellbeing of moms-to-be and their babies. We do this through the integration of medicine, public health and the prioritization of TECHNOLOGY to disrupt the status quo of maternity care and the overall US pregnancy experience.
The founder of MOMentum Park, Dr. Renaisa Anthony, was born prematurely to a single mother in one of the lowest-income zip codes in Detroit, Michigan. Her direct experience and those of her neighbors taught her how poverty, race, access to education, food, and shelter, and other social determinants impact people’s health throughout their lives. As a result, Dr. Anthony is personally and professionally dedicated to health equity by improving the health and lives of underserved and low-resourced communities through medicine, public health, policy, and technology. She built MOMentum Park to continue and expand these decades-long efforts.
SHERO (Shaping Healthy & Equitable Reproductive Outcomes) is a prenatal program designed in direct response to the pandemic to meet the holistic (physical, mental, spiritual, social, and economic) prenatal needs of expectant moms and their newborns. While an online social networking community is only a partial solution toward addressing pregnant women’s needs during COVID-19, SHERO is designed to engage on a more personal and local level with pregnant women throughout pregnancy, delivery of their newborn, and into the postpartum period.
The Baby Basket Brigade is our signature program created to deliver much-needed baby supplies to NICU families. Having a baby in the NICU can be scary and stressful. With your generous tax-deductible donation, we provide families with supplies like diapers, pacifiers, onesies, and their first book. Baskets are delivered to local NICUs to show moms and their families how much we care. Please join our Baby Basket Brigade and donate to help get baskets out to those in need!
For more information on how to lead a Basket Brigade delivered in your community with MOMentum Park, please reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Park acts as a gatekeeper for pregnant women to find timely, trusted, culturally competent, and medically accurate prenatal information and social service resources, with a marketplace, and access to services that support basic needs like housing and food assistance.
Through The Park, we connect with pregnant women on social media (Facebook & Instagram) and host interactive events, a library of recorded webinars, discussions, and professional training for the benefit of pregnant women, family members, healthcare and social service providers, and interested community members who wish to aid in the empowerment of expectant mothers toward the improvement of maternal and infant health outcomes.
MOMentum Park designs programs and services in direct response to the evolving needs, gaps, and challenges in the field of Maternal and Child Health. With this in mind, we want to capture the experiences felt by moms and families during this unfortunate pandemic. Our photo-documentary project will ask those moms who were pregnant and/or gave birth during COVID-19 to share their experiences.
It is important for us to capture the voices of moms and their support teams to hear their experiences, learn how we can better prepare for other unforeseen events, and learn how to help and support them now and into the future. If interested, we will ask volunteers to capture voice-recordings, photos, and/or videos (all of which will be collected virtually to ensure the safety of families).
We would love to capture and share your experience of being pregnant and/or giving birth during the pandemic. If you are interested please reach out to us!
Maternal and infant mortality are formidable challenges to the health of women and children around the world. Sadly, the United States has the highest mortality/morbidity rates among developed nations despite its wealth. This public health crisis does not affect the population evenly - significant racial and ethnic disparities persist in which African-American women disproportionately suffer from higher rates of adverse outcomes such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and maternal/infant mortality. In fact, the CDC reports African-American women are 49% more likely than white women to experience preterm birth, and their infants are twice as likely as white infants to die before their first birthday. African-American women are also more likely to experience an exhaustive list of cultural, social, and health stressors like structural racism, implicit bias, historical trauma, domestic and community violence, limited access to quality, trusted care, Medicaid discrimination, chronic diseases, unintended and teen pregnancy and economic distress. Vital Statistics Birth Data estimates 70% of African-American babies are born to single, unwedded mothers, highlighting historical and complex familial factors. Root causes of these social determinants of health perpetuate pregnancy-related disparities.
Promising solutions like Centering Pregnancy Programs are shown to improve outcomes among minority women. Centering is an evidence-based approach where 8-12 pregnant women participate in group-based prenatal care led by a certified health care professional. MOMentum Park takes a cue from this approach and adapts it to meet today’s need for versatility in location and remote services, supplementing prenatal care visits that have decreased after the COVID19 pandemic, and helping to ensure a “community, pregnant person centered” ecosystem in place of one that may lead to isolation. We hypothesize that the changing healthcare system post-pandemic, coupled with ongoing social unrest is exacerbating disparities for pregnant African-American women. These challenges are not insurmountable and represent the ideal opportunity for the success of MOMentum Park’s programs.