Women and Family Health
Infant mortality, the death of babies before their first birthdays, remains the most tragic health disparity of all in Milwaukee. But with your support, our Blanket of Love Sanctuary program wraps women in a blanket of support -- group prenatal and parenting education, links to healthcare, and connections to other resources that are important for moms and babies.
Churches in the program are Sanctuaries where women can attend support groups and get connections to resources such as food, housing, and employment.
At our St. Joseph, St. Francis, and Columbia St. Mary’s hospitals, the program offers support groups, links to resources, and services such as prenatal and primary care.
In the 16 years that we have sponsored Blanket initiatives, women have given birth to 450 babies -- all of whom celebrated their first birthdays, thanks to you.
Our new Maternal Health Initiative at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital improves attendance with prenatal care appointments, thereby giving new moms-to-be the best chance at healthy babies -- improving birth outcomes.
The Initiative provides a Navigator to work with women to identify barriers to appointment attendance, such as a lack of transportation or care for children in their families, and connects them to resources to overcome those obstacles.
Also available are Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) who are licensed healthcare professionals with expertise in providing care to women during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery.
In addition to providing care during pregnancy and childbirth, certified nurse-midwives are primary healthcare providers to women throughout their lifespan, including . gynecology, annual exams, and well-woman care.
Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee, Ascension St. Joseph Hospital, and Ascension All Saints in Racine provide the most advanced technology and care, as well as family support services, comforts and amenities in a setting that starts these infants on the road to health and growth.