The mission of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies is to improve birth outcomes and promote healthy families by providing access to care, education and support to those facing the physical, emotional, economic and social challenges of pregnancy and infant care.
In 1985, 900 pregnant women with little or no prenatal care walked in to Palm Beach County hospitals to deliver their babies. As a result, the county saw an increase in infant mortality, low birth-weight deliveries, premature births, medical complications and children born with disabilities. In response to this, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies was established in 1986 by Dr. Carl Brumback, Dr. Marsha J. Fishbane, and Dr. David W. Martin, along with a group of key stakeholders from both public and private sectors.
Through the years, our organization has grown and adapted as the needs of the community have changed. What began as an agency led by volunteers has grown to a team of 60 full time incredibly dedicated individuals providing service to more than 10,000 pregnant women each year through eight key programs.
Still today, approximately 25 percent of pregnant women in our county receive little, late or no prenatal care. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies is laser-focused on expanding the support we provide, focusing on racial disparities in birth outcomes, further identifying and addressing social determinants of health that affect health care and health behaviors of those we serve. Our goal is to not only build capacity, but opportunity, for prenatal health education and awareness and continue to be the safety net for pregnant women in Palm Beach County.