Since 1972, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has enjoyed a partnership with the March of Dimes in an effort to encourage women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of pregnancy, thereby increasing the prevention of birth defects and infant mortality. The Stork’s Nest program was developed in the Southeastern Region. As a part of this partnership, Zeta Phi Beta developed the Stork’s Nest Program, which is designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during the pregnancy through two components - incentives and education.
The Stork's Nest prenatal education sessions provide information, educational materials and a variety of other resources and referrals that help clients take good care of themselves and their babies. Stork's Nest clients "earn" points toward incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, through a variety of positive, health-promoting activities such as attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes, keeping appointments for well-baby visits.
Nationwide, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sponsors over 175 Stork's Nests, with more than 28,000 being served by the program last year.
Locally, thanks to the efforts of our member, Anita Barksdale, the Lambda Rho Zeta chapter operates the only Stork's Nest in the state of Michigan partnered with a hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, and holds workshops for expectant and new mothers every few months.
To donate gently used items or money to the Stork’s Nest or for more information regarding the Stork's Nest, please contact .